by: Erica Byfield Updated:
CUMMING, Ga.,None - Presidential candidate and former U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich will be getting a lot of home-state cooking in the coming days.
Gingrich has planned at least eight campaign events this week around metro Atlanta as he tries to solidify his lead ahead of the March 6 primary vote on Super Tuesday.
Gingrich campaigned at two churches on Sunday. He stopped at First Redeemer Church in Forsyth County then held a rally at the Rock Springs Church in Lamar County later in the evening.
In Milner, Channel 2’s Tony Thomas asked Gingrich if he was comfortable with the latest Channel 2 Action News poll by Landmark Communications/Rosetta Stone which showed him with a 13 percent lead over Rick Santorum in the state.
"You never can be comfortable until it's over. I think we have a pretty high likelihood of winning. It is central to the future of our campaign and we are going to do everything we can to win here," Gingrich said.
During his speeches on Sunday, Gingrich focused on a strong country and religious freedoms.
"I am tired of the 50-year offensive which has tried to drive God out of our lives," he told the Rock Springs Church congregation.
He also has been directing harsh criticism at President Barack Obama for apologizing to Afghanistan for an American military base burning Qurans.
"When the men and women who serve under you are killed, you don't apologize to the enemy," Gingrich said in two speeches.
The theme has been striking a chord with crowds.
"Why is the greatest power in the world apologizing?" asked James Nelson after hearing Gingrich speak.
Nelson and friend Jan Jones both said they were undecided voters before the speech, but left Rock Springs carrying armloads of Gingrich campaign signs.
"This is to put in my yard. Sway, sway people!" Jones said.
Gingrich will need many more voters just like Nelson and Jones if he's to push through Super Tuesday and on to the Republican convention in Florida.
"We hope to win in Georgia. We look to do very well in Oklahoma, in Tennessee. We may surprise people in Idaho. We have a real fighting chance in Ohio. We will have to wait and see how the day works out, but I think it may be better than people expect,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich insists he will be in Tampa.
"This could be the NCAA final four with no elimination. I mean, you could even have number five and six if somebody gets excited and jumps in," Gingrich said.
His opponent, Rick Santorum, addressed the First Redeemer Church congregation last week.
Supporters for GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul also held a weekend campaign event in metro Atlanta. Although Paul did not attend the event, several supporters gathered in downtown Marietta Sunday afternoon to bottle more votes for the congressman.
Meanwhile, Republican frontrunners Mitt Romney and Santorum hit the television news circuit this weekend, as part of a final push for votes in the Michigan primary.
Georgia voters go to the polls on Super Tuesday, March 6, when 10 states hold caucuses or primaries.
Gingrich campaigns heavily in Ga. leading up to Super Tuesday
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