Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich won the Georgia primary on Tuesday night, meeting the standard he set for himself to continue seeking the nomination, networks projected.
“I have to win Georgia, I think, to be credible in the race,” Gingrich said last week.
The former speaker of the House was also hoping to do well in Tennessee and Oklahoma among the 10 states voting on Super Tuesday. But his chief goal was a Georgia victory he said would propel him forward to strong showings in Alabama and Mississippi next week.
Gingrich has struggled to resurrect his candidacy after disappointing finishes over the last month, and failed to sustain the momentum gained after his surprise first-place victory Jan. 21 in South Carolina. He spent much of his time over the last two weeks campaigning in Georgia, where he began his political career in 1979 representing the 6th district in Congress.