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Gingrich campaign stops in Annapolis

Republican presidential primary candidate Newt Gingrich made a stop in Annapolis on  Tuesday, including a brief trip to the Senate floor, a tour of the State House and a bite to eat at Annapolis political institution Chick and Ruth’s Delly.

At Chick and Ruth’s, sandwiches are named after various politicians. Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, does not have a sandwich named after him on the menu. He ate a crab cake, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The morning started with a warm welcome on the floor of the Senate, which is controlled by a Democratic majority. It continued as Gingrich toured the old House of Delegates and Senate chambers in the State House.

He also shook hands with Gov. Martin O’Malley, but couldn’t resist leaving town without getting in a shot at the Democratic governor’s proposal to apply the state’s 6 percent sales tax to gasoline.

The plan “shows as much political insensitivity as you could imagine,” Gingrich told a gaggle of reporters, which stalked him around the State House and down Main Street.

Gingrich’s stop in Annapolis preceded a trip to Salisbury University, where he held an afternoon campaign rally.