GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (Pic by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons)

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has been tapped as the star of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner, which will be held just three days prior to the Florida presidential primary, and two days after the GOP Presidential debate is held in Jacksonville.

Party chairman Lew Oliver made the announcement earlier today, saying “the whole world will be focused on Florida generally, and Central Florida specifically, for the ‘make or break’ Florida primary that may once again determine our presidential nominee.”

In a press release, Gingrich was described as “an outstanding speaker and will likely be in the thick of the fight as one of the top 2 or 3 remaining candidates in the field.” He had a disappointing fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, trailing behind Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.

The Gingrich event will take place on Jan. 28, 2012 from 5 to 7:45 p.m. at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. According to the event website, general admission tickets are priced at $150, while VIP tickets (which include a photo with Gingrich) are $350.

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