ATLANTA – Loyal GOP voter Rose Wing is primed for Tuesday’s primary election when Georgia will deliver the largest share of delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday.
Wing, a former prosecutor in nearby Cobb County, is weighing Super Tuesday the way she would a big case. The candidates have made their arguments. Voters will render a verdict.
She, for one, hopes it’s not a hung jury.
“I’m ready to reach our nominee,” said 55-year-old Wing, who is active in a local Republican women’s group. “I’m ready to get behind them and move forward.”
Suzi Voyles, a teacher who lives in Sandy Springs, is in no hurry, calling the Republican primary a great opportunity for the candidates to air their ideas.
“Regardless of who the candidate is, they will all be united in campaigning for the nominee, and I think that is going to include the combining of their ideas,” said Voyles, 56. “I’m kind of excited.”
Both women know this is Newt Gingrich’s home playing field, and the anticipatory mood -- in part -- revolves around how he will do.
Gingrich, who has been running behind Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in national polls, represented Georgia in Congress for two decades. Political strategists have said the former speaker must win his state to remain viable.
“For the most part, it’s really a native son kind of primary,” said Kerwin Swint, a former Republican strategist and political science professor at Kennesaw State University. “Gingrich has got a lot of strong ties to Republicans here.”
While he leads in the polls, all of the candidates or their top surrogates have spent time stumping in the state.
Already, 172,135 early votes have been cast in Georgia, and polls open at 7 a.m.