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

Gingrich Wins Georgia

Callista Gingrich and her husband, Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich listen to former presidential candidate Herman Cain speak during a campaign stop at Food City on Monday, March 5, 2012, in Chattanooga, Tenn.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)(AP Photo/Evan Vucci))

photo of Naureen Khan
March 6, 2012

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.

 

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