Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s convincing victory in his home state of Georgia — the race was called shortly after polls closed in the Peach State at 7 p.m. eastern time — means one thing: He will now likely emerge as the Southern candidate in the field.
In winning, Gingrich now sets himself up to run as a Southern, regional candidate. He won South Carolina’s primary on Jan. 21 and now will likely be considered the favorite in Alabama and Mississippi — both of which are set to vote next Tuesday.
(Worth noting: Gingrich is not expected to win Tennessee, a southern state that voted today.)
What those wins — if he can make good on them — will do is to give Gingrich a block of Southern delegates that could well allow him some bargaining power with the eventual nominee.
It’s still difficult to see a path for Gingrich to the 1,100- plus delegates he would need to be the Republican nominee is his own right.