Gingrich banks on wins in Alabama and Mississippi

March 13, 2012 2:07:16 AM PDT
Republican Newt Gingrich says he plans to campaign for president until the party's nominating convention in August, but his candidacy largely rests on the results of today's Alabama and Mississippi primaries.

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.

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