When Newt Gingrich campaigns in coastal Georgia, it'll be an unusual stump for a presidential candidate. The state's largest metropolitan area, Atlanta, usually gets the appearances of would-be presidents, while the rest of the state watches from afar. But don't take it personally. It's all about money.
Republican Newt Gingrich will be campaigning across North Georgia and finish the day at the university where he once taught history. The former Georgia lawmaker appears to hope that Georgia's primary on March 6 could break a losing streak for his campaign.
The head of Georgia's Republican Party said she will have to work hard to maintain grassroots momentum among voters after most of the GOP presidential field pulled out of a scheduled debate in Atlanta ahead of Super Tuesday. Both Mitt Romney and Ron Paul on Thursday declined to participate in the Atlanta debate.
Georgia Republicans announced late Monday they will co-host a presidential candidate debate in Atlanta just before Georgia’s primary. If it’s a close race, the bump candidates have been getting from strong debate performances could be a big factor in who wins primaries in those states, according to political scientist Kerwin Swint.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Thursday that Georgians will vote in a March 6th presidential primary. There had been speculation that Georgia would join states like Florida and Michigan in voting earlier. But Kemp put that to rest by setting the primary for what’s called Super Tuesday.
The U.S. Justice Department this week approved a law giving Georgia’s secretary of state the power to set presidential primary dates. The approval puts the state in the middle of a national battle for power and influence. Georgia officials want the state to hold earlier primaries to gain more influence on presidential elections.
The state’s top elections official thinks Georgia should be among the first Republican presidential primaries in 2012. Secretary of State Brian Kemp said weighing in early will give Georgia more influence in the primaries to reflect the state’s growing influence in the country.