Newt Gingrich Says Romney Must Carry Michigan, Has an ‘Enormous Amount at Stake’

Feb 26, 2012 10:59pm

MILNER, Ga. — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, focused on a Super Tuesday victory, will be watching the Michigan battle between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney on Tuesday from Georgia. At a campaign stop today at a church in Georgia, Gingrich said Romney has to carry Michigan.

“I think he has an enormous amount at stake,” Gingrich said.

Though Gingrich said Michigan could be an important factor for Romney, he said of his own home state that it was very important for him to win there.

“I want to focus on winning in Georgia,” Gingrich said. “I think it is essential for us to do that and we are going to do everything we can between now and next Tuesday to win here at home.”

Gingrich said he will go to the Republican presidential convention in Tampa, Fla., to seek the nomination. A campaign source told ABC News they requested Secret Service protection last week. The campaign is still waiting to hear back on their request.

Gingrich has not wavered in his expressions of confidence that he will make it to the convention, though there’s been talk among some Republican leaders that a brokered convention could be possible if Romney loses Michigan and the race remains wide open.

“We can go to Tampa. Look, this could be like the NCAA Final Four with no elimination,” Gingrich said. “You could have all four of us at Tampa. You could even have number five and six if somebody gets excited and jumps in.”

Gingrich said he has high expectations for Super Tuesday, which will be a necessary day to his campaign for a chance at the nomination. Gingrich largely skipped out on Colorado, Minnesota and  Missouri — all three carried by Santorum — and finished fourth in Maine. Gingrich did spend a couple of days in Arizona and Washington, last week, but notably said for weeks that his focus would be Super Tuesday.

“We hope to do very well in Oklahoma and Tennessee. We may surprise people in Idaho. We think we have a real fighting chance in Ohio. So, we will have to wait and see how the day works out, but I think it may be better than people expect,” Gingrich said.

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