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GOP Candidates Eye The South

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
Most of the GOP presidential hopefuls will be campaigning in the south on Friday.

It is home to a conservative base and each candidate has a lot riding on a strong finish in Tuesday’s primaries in Alabama and Mississippi.

Mitt Romney tried to win over southern voters as he campaigned along Mississippi's Gulf Coast.

“I’m learning to say y’all and I like grits,” Romney said.

He didn't do well in the south four years ago and admits he has an uphill battle this time around.
But Romney picked up a key endorsement Thursday from Mississippi's Governor, and he's trying to tap into issues impacting the local economy, blaming President Obama for rising gas prices.

“This is in part his fault, because this is a guy who has slowed down as I’m sure you know, the licensing and permitting of off shore rigs, on shore drilling.”

Newt Gingrich's campaign says the former speaker needs wins in Alabama and Mississippi to stay competitive. Gingrich stayed optimistic while in Tupelo, Mississippi Thursday.

“When we win here and we win in Alabama, we’ll be back up again,” said Gingrich.

The Super PAC that supports Rick Santorum has called for Newt Gingrich to drop out of the race. And now it's spending more than half-a-million dollars on campaign ads in Mississippi and Alabama - trying to give the former Pennsylvania Senator an edge before Tuesday's primaries.

Santorum told voters in Alabama - he's the conservative they should rally behind.

“First or second in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday, I think that will be a big win for us and hopefully get this race down to two candidates,” said Santorum.

Santorum heads to Kansas on Friday before the state's caucuses on Saturday.

Ron Paul will also be there, as he continues to rely on caucus states to grow his delegate total.

Ron Paul still has not won a state during the primary season, but he insists he’ll take his campaign all the way to the convention.   
GOP Candidates Eye The South


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