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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Gingrich Rides the Cain Train in Georgia

Former rival helps stump for candidate in their home state.

photo of Naureen Khan
February 18, 2012

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich got a lift on Saturday from another Georgian in his home state -- former rival Herman Cain.

The Atlanta businessman, who bowed out of the race in early December and later endorsed Gingrich, said the former House speaker's economic plan comes to the closest to his trademark 9-9-9 plan for a nine percent corporate business flat tax, income flat tax and national sales tax.

"I'm still working on him," Cain told an audience of about 300 at a meeting of the Forsyth County Republicans.

 

Georgia, with its 76 delegates, will be the largest prize up for grabs during the critical Super Tuesday primaries on March 6. Recent polls have shown Gingrich in first place ahead of Mitt Romney.

Gingrich had said earlier this week there was a possibility he could lose here, but on Saturday amended that prediction to say, "We actually have a very good chance of doing well here, and that gives us a springboard then to go across the whole country. I think that's part of what we are counting on."

At a subsequent rally in Atlanta, Gingrich said he wasn't troubled by rival Rick Santorum's recent surge, comparing it to those of other rivals who touted themselves as alternatives to Romney before dropping out of the race.

"We survived Tim Pawlenty, who was the establishment’s first choice, then we survived Congresswoman [Michele] Bachmann, then we came back and survived with Herman Cain, who had a great surge for a while, and then we came back and survived Gov. [Rick] Perry," Gingrich said. "And I think presently we will finish surviving Santorum."

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