While Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are fighting over Michigan, Newt Gingrich is on a roadtrip through the South, the last place his poll numbers remain decent. Poor Gingrich has had to define down his goals quite a bit. He once bragged "I will be the nominee," now he says "I think for sure we're going to carry Georgia." That's an awfully low bar. He was first elected to office there in 1978, and now it seems like it's the only state where he feels welcome.
SurveyUSA finds Gingrich polling 15 percentage points ahead of Santorum in Georgia over the weekend. A poll from Landmark/Rosetta Stone showed him 13 points ahead in the state a few days earlier. Gingrich traveled through Georgia this weekend, stopping by Nashville Monday, and starting on a two-day bus trip back through his homestate Tuesday. Another donation from billionaire Sheldon Adelson will allow Gingrich's super PAC to keep preaching to the choir (that is an actual Georgia choir listening to Gingrich this weekend pictured at left) with $1.75 million in ads, The Washington Post reports. Winning Our Future will buy TV ads in Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, and Oklahoma, all Super Tuesday states, the Los Angeles Times' Matea Gold and Michael Finnegan report. The group will air ads in Mississippi, Alabama, and Kansas, too.