BILOXI, Miss. -- As Mitt Romney headed to the Deep South to campaign on Thursday after Super Tuesday losses in Georgia and Tennessee, he said that the region is "a bit of an away game" for him, but he refused to concede it entirely.
Speaking to radio station WAPI in Birmingham, Ala., where he has an event on Friday, Romney said he was expecting some support in the state, possibly even a majority of its 50 delegates. Alabama and Mississippi hold primaries on Tuesday.
"I’m confident we’re going to get some delegates. That, of course, is what this is all about -- getting the delegates necessary to become the nominee. But getting the majority of the delegates, that would be icing on the cake,” Romney said.
Romney's campaign has been quick to point out that his lead in the race to reach 1,144 delegates is almost insurmountable at this point, He needs 48 percent of the remaining delegates up for grabs nationwide; Rick Santorum needs 65 percent and Newt Gingrich needs 70 percent.
Romney is campaigning in Mississippi on Thursday night and Friday. While campaign officials accept that he may not win in these places, they said that sending him to areas with major congressional districts and media markets will help in their delegate hunt.
Matthew Shelley contributed