Gingrich Shifts to ‘Must-Win’ Alabama and Mississippi

Mar 7, 2012 1:45pm

MONTGOMERY, Ala.– Ditching plans to campaign in Kansas, Newt Gingrich today planned to focus all efforts on Mississippi and Alabama after winning just his home state of Georgia on super Tuesday.

 

Only yesterday, before the primary results were tallied, the campaign put out a statement outlining five stops in Kansas.

Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told the press today that they will stay in the race to compete in the remaining southern states. Asked if Gingrich had to win in both Alabama and Mississippi to remain a credible candidate, Hammond responded, “Yes.”

“From Spartanburg all the way to Texas, those all need to go for Gingrich,” Hammond said.

Senior adviser to the campaign Randy Evans told ABC News that the campaign’s “safety net” is Texas. The campaign wants to stay in the race through May 29th in hopes of having close to an equal amount of delegates as Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.

“We’re staying in this race because I believe it’s going to be impossible for a moderate to win the general election,” Gingrich told a cheering crowd in Montgomery, Ala.

Though a senior adviser to the Santorum campaign called for Gingrich to drop out because he was helping Romney win, Gingrich said Wednesday on a radio shows that he would not be conceding to Santorum because he didn’t believe he could beat Obama.

“If I thought he was a slam dunk to beat Romney and to beat Obama I would really consider getting out. I don’t. I think each of the three candidates has strengths and weaknesses and that this is a very healthy vetting process,” Gingrich said on Bill Bennett’s radio show.

Hammond said the campaign looked at the remaining delegate opportunities and determined that Mississippi and Alabama were the best bets. Hammond brushed aside the notion they were conceding Kansas to Santorum.

“That’s why we’ll be focusing here,” Hammond said. “There are a bunch of must-wins, we have to get the delegates.”

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