The former House speaker is banking on a Southern strategy that has yielded victories only in South Carolina and Georgia, the latter a state he represented in Congress for 20 years. Winning both contests Tuesday is vital to sustaining his limping candidacy.
Gingrich's campaign appearances today include a speech to an Alabama community chamber of commerce and a visit to the Birmingham Zoo. He is hosting a primary night event in Birmingham before going to Chicago ahead of the Illinois primary.
Polling shows a tight three-way race among Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in both Alabama and Mississippi.