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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at Rock Springs Baptist Church on Sunday, Feb. 26 in Milner, Ga.
MILNER, Ga. -- With just nine days to go until Super Tuesday, Newt Gingrich says he is staking the future of his presidential campaign on a win in his home state.
“It’s central to the future of our campaign and we’re going to do everything we can to win here,” Gingrich told reporters about a win in Georgia on March 6th.
Although the former House Speaker feels confident he can win the Peach State, he remains just cautiously optimistic.
“You can never be comfortable until it’s over,” Gingrich, who is leading in some polls in Georgia, said before speaking at Rock Springs Baptist Church's ‘God and Country Rally. “You can’t be comfortable when you have the Romney Super Pac willing to run things that are totally false and willing to spend million and millions of dollars trying to defeat you.”
But Georgia isn’t the only state the former house speaker believes he can perform well in.
“We hope to do very well in Oklahoma and Tennessee. We may surprise people in Idaho. We think we have a real fighting chance in Ohio,” Gingrich said Sunday evening. “We will have to wait and see how the day works out but I think it may be better than people expect.”
Prior to the 11 contests that take place on the first Tuesday in March, however, voters in Michigan and Arizona -- two states Gingrich hasn’t put forth much effort in -- will take to the polls. The Speaker did not campaign in Michigan at all and only held one public event in Arizona after last week’s presidential debate there. The Gingrich campaign seems to have basically conceded the last two states to vote in February to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
“I think Gov. Romney has to carry Michigan, I think he has an enormous amount at stake,” Gingrich claimed, but added later that he can still go to the Republican Convention even if Romney doesn’t withdraw from the race at some point.
“Of course we can go to Tampa with Mitt in the race,” the Speaker said. “You could have all four of us at Tampa. You could even have number five and six if somebody gets excited and jumps in."
Gingrich will spend the majority of his time before Super Tuesday in the state of Georgia.