Georgia win keeps Gingrich in the race
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Despite a delegate math challenge ahead, Newt Gingrich vowed to stay in the GOP presidential race after he won Georgia's Super Tuesday primary.
It was expected the 20-year Georgia congressman would end up the victor of his longtime home state. Despite coming in third and fourth place in a majority of the Super Tuesday contests, a win in Georgia was enough for him to continue his White House run.
Gingrich likened his candidacy to a well-known fable when he described the fluctuation of the Republican presidential primary front-runner.
"And now it's [Rick] Santorum and you just can't quite get across to them. It's alright, there are lots of bunny rabbits to run through. I'm the tortoise. I just take one step at a time," Gingrich said at his Super Tuesday election night party.
One major upset the former House speaker neglected to mention was the fact that he could not compete in Virginia, where he and his wife, Calista, reside and are registered to vote. He and Santorum ultimately conceded the state to Mitt Romney because they did not collect the required number of signatures to get their name on the ballot.
The Gingrich campaign seized on his only Super Tuesday first-place finish by launching the "March Momentum Money Bomb" online fundraising campaign, which mirrors what the campaign did after his only other victory, which was in South Carolina on January 21.
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Rather than go after Santorum, Gingrich directed his ire at Mitt Romney by tying the front-runner's wealth to Wall Street. He said to hundreds of people at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, "You believed that people can make a difference, that in fact Wall Street money can be beaten by Main Street work."
Gingrich continued to blame his losses on the barrage of negative attacks brought on by Romney and millions spent by the Restore Our Future super PAC, which supports the former Massachusetts governor. He also blamed the "elites," who he said want President Barack Obama elected to a second term.
"I hope the analysts in Washington and New York who spent June and July explaining our campaign was dead will watch this tonight and will learn a little from this crowd and this place."