The 2012 Georgia primary is taking place on Super Tuesday, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is looking to score a win in his home state.
According to the latest polls, Gingrich goes into the contest leading rival contenders former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. The results of a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution survey, however, suggest voters in the Peach State still doubt whether the former House Speaker would be a viable contender to compete against President Barack Obama in a hypothetical general election match-up.
Buckhead Patch in Georgia reported over the weekend:
GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich has the endorsement of several high-profile Georgia Republicans, including Gov. Nathan Deal. But few of them believe Gingrich can win Georgia’s Super Tuesday primary with a big enough margin to allow him to claim all of the state’s 76 delegates.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution explains how delegates are awarded in the Georgia primary:
While Gingrich has a clear lead here, the race for second is close. Romney and Santorum must hope to stay above 20 percent in Georgia because of the state’s new rules for awarding delegates. Any candidate who gets at least 20 percent of the statewide vote will be awarded a share of 34 at-large delegates to the national convention in Tampa this summer. Forty-two delegates will be awarded based on the vote by congressional district.
Georgia has the most delegates up for grabs of the states holding primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday. The list of states also holding contests includes: Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
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