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Gingrich Not In Kansas Anymore: Will Focus On Alabama and Mississippi Primaries
YahooNews ^ | March 09, 2012 | Rachel Rose Hartman

Posted on 03/09/2012 11:35:16 AM PST by Steelfish

Gingrich Not In Kansas Anymore: Will Focus On Alabama and Mississippi Primaries By Rachel Rose Hartman

Reinvigorated by a home state win in Georgia Tuesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is setting himself up for two more must-wins next Tuesday in Alabama and Missississippi as he seeks to lay claim to the south.

"This race has been a roller coaster up and down," Gingrich told a Jackson, Miss. audience Friday morning, drawing a roller coaster's trajectory with his finger-- completing a metaphor he's adopted on the stump. "I believe with your help next Tuesday when we win here and we win in Alabama we'll be back up again."

In a signal of how much stock the campaign is placing in Mississippi and Alabama, Gingrich cancelled a day-long campaign swing through Kansas--which votes in caucuses this Saturday--to instead campaign in the two states.

Gingrich is running at a financial disadvantage to Romney and has therefore been carefully picking his targets, risking a loss of momentum by sitting out difficult races such as primaries Feb. 28 in Michigan and Arizona.

Gingrich's campaign continues to contend that Romney isn't a "convincing" or able frontrunner. In an interview with Yahoo News on Super Tuesday, Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said Romney continues to fail to excite the base. "He's not offering solutions," Hammond said. He also argued that Gingrich continues to show grassroots donor strength, which will translate into votes in upcoming states, unlike Romney, who he said was funded by wealthy corporate donors and others who have "maxed out" their support.

But Gingrich's chief opponent in Tuesday's contests is not Romney, who has not been very successful at wooing conservatives and is not expected to fare well in Mississippi and Alabama. It's Rick Santorum Gingrich must contend with if we wants to add...

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The problem for Gingrich is that even if he wins must-win states in AL and MS he will be viewed as simply a regional candidate.
1 posted on 03/09/2012 11:35:19 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
The problem for Gingrich is that even if he wins must-win states in AL and MS he will be viewed as simply a regional candidate.

AL and MS are the stepping stones to the big prize.....Texas.

2 posted on 03/09/2012 11:36:14 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Steelfish

“Gingrich Not In Kansas Anymore....”

Ha!

Did he say: ‘Why, THIS isn’t Kansas City’... then click his heels togetger and say: “I wish I was home”??


3 posted on 03/09/2012 11:38:07 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: dfwgator

Perry’s endorsement of Gingrich in TX may be the kiss of death, since he’s ratings in TX have taken a nose-dive. On the other hand, Gingrich’s pro-amnesty (amnesty for grandmothers) position might bring him the Hispanic vote.


4 posted on 03/09/2012 11:41:23 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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I’m hearing a lot of Newt radio ads here in TX...


5 posted on 03/09/2012 11:42:53 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Steelfish
I'm going to the Kansas Caucus tomorrow. I was undecided about which of the two non-Romneys I was going to support. I take this as a concession by Newt that Kansas isn't going his way. I like Newt a little better than Santorium but I have no issue with supporting Santorium rather than Myth or the Crazy Uncle.

Remember the key in the next few weeks is to deny the nomination to Romney. I'll take my chances in a brokered convention. There is no reasonable candidate who could emerge who would be as bad as Romney.

6 posted on 03/09/2012 11:43:19 AM PST by CommerceComet (If Mitt can leave the GOP to protest Reagan, why can't I do the same in protest of Romney?)
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To: dfwgator; Steelfish

Texas is looking very strong for Santorum. He could hit 50% plus here. Everyone I know on the evangelical front is for Santorum.


7 posted on 03/09/2012 11:45:28 AM PST by GulfBreeze (Still a Santorum guy !)
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To: Steelfish; trappedincanuckistan; Cincinatus' Wife; livius

On the other hand, Texans might just be looking for a PRESIDENT...that’s what I’m doing...to help us SAVE America and preserve Texas.

And Santorum ain’t it.

Lookin’ for a Reagan type.

Not a Reagan...there was only one and he died.

Newt is a Reagan type.

Romney is an anti Reagan.

Santorum is a non Reagan.

And Sarah Palin agrees with ME on this.


8 posted on 03/09/2012 11:49:50 AM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: Steelfish

” The problem for Gingrich is that even if he wins must-win states in AL and MS he will be viewed as simply a regional candidate. “

The problem with Gingrich is only to Santorum in that Newt is a tactical genius.

Rick on the other hand is Hillary in a vest.

We are running a primary here, bubba, for delegates, preferably of the PLEDGED variety who actually take you to the nomination. Newt is winning that contest well enough to compete well in the South.

Newt runs regionally in the general election campaign.

Call back when you get it.


9 posted on 03/09/2012 11:50:05 AM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Steelfish

Their votes are very good.

So are their delegates.

Gone will be the meme, Newt can’t win anywhere but his home state.

Never mind he already won SC overwhelmingly...guess they just forgot about that.

Your prediction that it won’t matter even if he wins those two...you wish.

But it will have broader implications...sorry to inform you.

When Reagan was a struggling candidate who later was nominated and trounced Jimmy Carter, they said there was no way Reagan could do what he later did.

Newt one on one, against Obama.

The exact matchup we need.

Glad the deep south is beginning to get it.

If they can get it, there’s hope.


10 posted on 03/09/2012 11:57:13 AM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: Steelfish

The real problem for Gingrich is that he hasn’t figured out that these little teeny tiny Saturday caucuses dominate the news cycle going into the Tuesday primary votes -and the easiest way for him to win AL and MS would have been to blanket Kansas with ads and appearances.

Thats the difference between the two candidates now.


11 posted on 03/09/2012 11:58:06 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Steelfish

If Gingrich takes the south and is a regional candidate—what does that make the candidates that took not south?


12 posted on 03/09/2012 12:04:06 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: CommerceComet

Your take as to why not KS but why instead more MS and AL could be wrong.

Newt chose to put pedal to the metal in GA. By doing that he garnered a smattering in OK and TN but upped his GA totals. He tried to maximize his GA prize, in other words.

His stated reason about KS was in order to concentrate on the two neigboring states that vote Tuesday. I think his strategy appears to be similar to his GA strategy...how much can he win the other states by, assuming he does win them.

More productive than including KS on his itinerary and expense list, might be his call on it.


13 posted on 03/09/2012 12:07:43 PM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: GulfBreeze

I’m not.


14 posted on 03/09/2012 12:09:45 PM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: Steelfish

Newt Gingrich Sixth Most Admired Man in America gallup.com/poll/151790/Ba… //Rick, Mitt, Ron not on the list.


15 posted on 03/09/2012 12:10:06 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Cometh the hour, cometh the man. NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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To: txrangerette; All
Newt needed to marshal his resources.

He has a Kansas team

And a great ground game with many coordinators in the Districts

16 posted on 03/09/2012 12:20:07 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Right below Warren Buffett and way behind...Barak Obama. Newt has plenty to admire, but I wouldn't cite that particular list probably.
17 posted on 03/09/2012 12:21:02 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Poll: Gingrich on top in Mississippi
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2856853/posts

2012 Alabama Republican Primary: Gingrich 30%, Santorum 29%, Romney 28%, Paul 7%

:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2856852/posts

RNC: Gingrich Leads Santorum in Primary Delegates

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2856683/posts

If I recall correctly, Newt was formerly behind in those states, now rising in those states.

In delegates Newt is ahead in hard delegates, as soft ones are not counted at this point because they are not bound by convention rules to vote for a particular candidate. Santorum has some soft delegates, and Santorum is facing delegate difficulties down the road, as well.

Rick Santorum’s delegate woes: Trying hard in some states; in others, not so much

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2856688/posts

Newt has pledged to seek out soft delegates and ask for their support.


18 posted on 03/09/2012 12:24:16 PM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: D-fendr
Look for FOX and the other Republican establishment media outlets to really buck up Gingrich over the next few days. If Santorum pulls Kansas that will be a problem. They must resuscitate Gingrich to fend off Santorum because Santorum is Romney's last remaining problem that hasn't quite been eliminated. Once Santorum’s gone we can all lock arms, sing “We are the world”, and enjoy our national health care.
19 posted on 03/09/2012 12:31:27 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: Steelfish
The other problem is he has less than a fifty chance of winning either, and he will not win Texas just to big of a media market.
20 posted on 03/09/2012 12:31:53 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Irenic

The winner.


21 posted on 03/09/2012 12:32:44 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: txrangerette

Go Newt!

Gobble up those unpledged delegates before Romney does!


22 posted on 03/09/2012 12:39:24 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: throwback
Gingrich sixth as Most Admired Man 2011 - Gallup Poll
Well worth mentioning again.
23 posted on 03/09/2012 12:50:51 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Cometh the hour, cometh the man. NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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To: org.whodat

If Gingrich takes the South and Texas, I don’t think there will be a winner. It will be a contested convention.


24 posted on 03/09/2012 12:52:12 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

You are correct that the national media will talk about KS all weekend. It is also correct that Newt will blanket local media in AL and MS and explain why he is doing as he is doing. He cares about the South and shares a cultural closeness with Southern Americans that gives him a likeability factor there that Romney and Santorum simply don’t share.

This angle of being a ‘regional’ candidate is only as strong as the individual candidate’s ability to make a case across all the regions. Romney won Michigan, Massachusetts, Vermont, all states we could lose in the general and still win the presidency. No way we win if we can’t take Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama. Romney took Florida only because of a coordinated media attack on Newt together with the establishment GOP last month on ‘Black Thursday’. Romney’s strength in the primarys is contrived. Santorum cannot defeat Newt head-on in those states.

The AL and MS results are crucial and in a tough situation, worth going after, even at the near-term expense of Kansas.


25 posted on 03/09/2012 12:55:56 PM PST by untwist
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To: Irenic

Why, they are not winner take all states??? Current count here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57394486-503544/long-tough-delegate-battle-lies-ahead-for-gop-candidates/


26 posted on 03/09/2012 12:59:30 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: untwist

I hope it works, but Santorum has created a bigtime campaign out of the tiniest and most insignificant (numerically speaking) wins. He wins the tiny Saturday thing and for some reason it impacts the big Tuesday things. Amazing how folks in this country do not have any grasp of demographic reality.

None. But I hope it does work.


27 posted on 03/09/2012 1:25:37 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: txrangerette
Your take as to why not KS but why instead more MS and AL could be wrong.

Perhaps. However, it has been my observation in following politics for almost 50 years that withdrawing resources is almost always a sign of concesssion. If MS and AL were the prize along, why did Newt put resources in KS to begin with?

28 posted on 03/09/2012 2:43:16 PM PST by CommerceComet (If Mitt can leave the GOP to protest Reagan, why can't I do the same in protest of Romney?)
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To: CommerceComet

Sorry, I meant “ALL along”


29 posted on 03/09/2012 2:44:16 PM PST by CommerceComet (If Mitt can leave the GOP to protest Reagan, why can't I do the same in protest of Romney?)
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