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Gingrich Rallies Georgia Voters

The GOP presidential hopeful has a whirlwind day of stump speeches, supporters and a negative straw poll.

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich conducted the first campaign blitz of his old Georgia stomping grounds Saturday, and Patch was with him at every stop.

Accompanied by Herman Cain, a fellow Georgian who dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Gingrich, the former House speaker swept through Forsyth, Gwinnett and Cobb counties during the day to rally support for the Republican presidential primary March 6.

In addition, his wife, Callista, rallied supporters in Buckhead.

Will you vote for Newt Gingrich? Let us know in our Patch Poll and the comments below.

The highlights of the day:

  • At South Forsyth High School in the Cumming area, the county Republican Party had hundreds more people arrive than could fit inside the 400-seat theater. The Forsyth gathering’s official purpose was to choose precinct delegates for the county Republican convention, but it became a Gingrich rally.

Cain fired up the crowd by saying Gingrich’s economic plan is the closest thing left in the campaign to his own 9-9-9 tax plan.

Gingrich won support with his call for tapping American oil reserves to drive the price of gasoline down to $2.50 a gallon.

"If he says it, I believe it,” Forsyth County Commission Chairman Jim Boff said.

Following his own advice that Republican candidates should focus on their one real opponent, Obama, Gingrich accused the president of bigotry and dishonesty and said he puts America at risk.

The Gingrich rally came after Rep. Ron Paul beat the former House speaker in a Gwinnett County Republican Party straw poll at the school. Paul got 113 votes, Gingrich 73, former Sen. Rick Santorum 60 and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 25.

Still, his Paulding County campaign co-chair, Linda King of Dallas, said Gingrich has the right message to take on Obama in the fall. “I just think he’s the best one for the nomination. I think in debates with Obama he’s got him packed right down.”

Santorum is scheduled to appear at 6:30 tonight in Cumming at First Redeemer Church, according to his website. Cumming Patch will have coverage Monday.

Georgia is the biggest prize on March 6 with 76 delegates up for grabs. Also voting on Super Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, are Ohio with 63 delegates, Tennessee (55), Virginia (48, with neither Gingrich nor Santorum on the ballot), Oklahoma (40), Massachusetts (38) and Vermont (17), while Idaho (32), North Dakota (28) and Alaska (24) will choose delegates in caucuses that day.

Bill Thrasher February 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Larry, I agree with you. While Mitt is certainly not my first choice as the nominee, he most assuredly has the best chance of bringing in the independent vote. I also note that he has improved his performance in the debates and the mainstream party seems to be very much on his side. Without the independent vote, conservatives cannot recapture the White House and I truly believe that this Country cannot survive another four years of Barack Obama.
Enchante Moore February 27, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Serial Hypocrisy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWKTOCP45zY - 1.1 million people have watched this video. Newt Gingrich has yet to explain the 1.6 million he took form Feddi Mac = taxpayer money, some just before the housing market collapsed. Also he collected at least $37 million from the healthcare industries who supported individual mandate.
Bill Thrasher February 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Jackie Marianne 8:40 pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 yous so rite! LOL
Buddha February 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Romney, wasn't he a Dem at one time? Oh! And what about Romneycare? And didn't he run against another Dem named Kennedy and loose? Yea, he would be a great substitute for Odumbo! What are you thinking?
Howard Johnson February 27, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Buddha, As Dems don't enjoy the masculine sport of NASCAR, I rather doubt that Mitt Romney was ever a Dem. Why just this weekend, he jetted down to Florida to rub elbows with his fellow automobile racing aficionados and substantially bolstered his "street credentials" with the regular folks down there. Mitt will certainly be the GOP nominee. We must enthusiastically join his team or suffer another 4 years under the Obama regime. FROM HIS WEEKEND HOLIDAY AT THE TRACK: "... it's a sign of a guy who loves cars," Romney said. "And this has always been a place where American cars have shined. And a long history from Daytona being connected with Detroit, with Detroit cars, and with the spirit of America." Romney was at Daytona last year and said he also has been to the track in New Hampshire. Does he follow the sport? "Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans," he said. "But I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners."

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