Gingrich: 'I could lose Georgia'

Rick Moran
We haven't heard much from Newt lately, as he has been fundraising furiously out in California - and minding his P's and Q's.

But the former Georgia congressman is as prescient as ever when it comes to politics. National Journal:

Wrapping up a four-day fundraising swing through California, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich shifted his focus to the state he once represented in Congress but said he's unsure he can win the Georgia primary.

"Look, given this kind of a year, who knows?" Gingrich told reporters outside of a Beverly Hills restaurant when asked if he could lose his home state in the Super Tuesday sweepstakes on March 6. "Romney could lose Michigan. Santorum could lose Pennsylvania. Who knows what's going to happen?"

 

The former House speaker and 10-term congressman from Georgia was dealt a setback on Thursday when CNN cancelled the one debate scheduled in the state before the primary. The debate was scrapped after the three other presidential candidates--Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas--all announced they would not attend. Gingrich, who has benefitted from strong debate performances, took a swipe at two of his rivals for backing out.

"I think what you've got right now is for very different reasons, Romney wants to hide behind negative ads," he said. "And I think that if he doesn't want to [debate], Santorum doesn't want to do it because Santorum thinks he's in the hunt with Romney. And that's fine. There are lots of different ways to communicate to the American people."

Santorum is ahead in Michigan and Romney in Pennsylvania. Is there one more comeback left in the tank for Gingrich? His campaign says it raised $2 million on their 4 day swing through California - a decent haul but not enough to compete the way he has to on Super Tuesday when there are several southern states voting. He needs that free media that comes with the debates - something he is apparently not going to get now.

Still, it would be foolhardy at this point to count him out. Conventional wisdom in this campaign has been turned on its ear more than once and Super Tuesday is still more than two weeks away.

That's an eternity in this campaign.

We haven't heard much from Newt lately, as he has been fundraising furiously out in California - and minding his P's and Q's.

But the former Georgia congressman is as prescient as ever when it comes to politics. National Journal:

Wrapping up a four-day fundraising swing through California, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich shifted his focus to the state he once represented in Congress but said he's unsure he can win the Georgia primary.

"Look, given this kind of a year, who knows?" Gingrich told reporters outside of a Beverly Hills restaurant when asked if he could lose his home state in the Super Tuesday sweepstakes on March 6. "Romney could lose Michigan. Santorum could lose Pennsylvania. Who knows what's going to happen?"

 

The former House speaker and 10-term congressman from Georgia was dealt a setback on Thursday when CNN cancelled the one debate scheduled in the state before the primary. The debate was scrapped after the three other presidential candidates--Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas--all announced they would not attend. Gingrich, who has benefitted from strong debate performances, took a swipe at two of his rivals for backing out.

"I think what you've got right now is for very different reasons, Romney wants to hide behind negative ads," he said. "And I think that if he doesn't want to [debate], Santorum doesn't want to do it because Santorum thinks he's in the hunt with Romney. And that's fine. There are lots of different ways to communicate to the American people."

Santorum is ahead in Michigan and Romney in Pennsylvania. Is there one more comeback left in the tank for Gingrich? His campaign says it raised $2 million on their 4 day swing through California - a decent haul but not enough to compete the way he has to on Super Tuesday when there are several southern states voting. He needs that free media that comes with the debates - something he is apparently not going to get now.

Still, it would be foolhardy at this point to count him out. Conventional wisdom in this campaign has been turned on its ear more than once and Super Tuesday is still more than two weeks away.

That's an eternity in this campaign.