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Giuliani planning visit to Alabama

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is about to make his first campaign visit to Alabama since entering the Republican race for president.

Giuliani plans a fundraising reception April 10 in Montgomery and may conduct other activities while in state, spokesman Elliott Bundy said Friday.

Republican legislators said they hope to arrange for Giuliani to address a joint session of the Legislature like another GOP candidate, Arizona Sen. John McCain, did March 20.

While this will be Giuliani’s first visit to Alabama as a presidential candidate, he was in the state in 1999 to raise money for his U.S. Senate bid, which he later dropped. The Senate seat was won by Democrat Hillary Clinton, who’s also seeking the presidency. She visited Alabama on March 4.

Alabama has been seeing regular visits by presidential candidates since the Legislature moved up the state’s 2008 presidential primary by four months to Feb. 5.

That puts Alabama on the first big day of primaries, but it is competing for attention with some larger states, including California.

A poll conducted for the Alabama Education Association in early March shows Giuliani will be visiting a state where he is popular. The poll of likely Republican voters showed Giuliani favored by 28 percent, McCain by 23 percent, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 18 percent.

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