Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich will be campaigning in Alabama two days this week ahead of next Tuesday's Alabama primary. On Tuesday Gingrich will be at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. He plans on holding a rally at 12:30 PM and then touring the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology.
On Wednesday Gingrich will be in multiple cities across Alabama. He will be at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery at 10:30 AM. Next he heads to Pell City Civic Center at 2:30 PM. He will finish the day at the Harbert Center in Birmingham at 6:30 PM.
February polls showed Alabama was still in play for three of the four candidates remaining. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich were all hovering in the 20% range. Ron Paul came in a distant 4th at around 7%. Gingrich could have the inside track to taking Alabama since he is a native of the neighboring state of Georgia. That state holds its primary tomorrow on Super Tuesday. A Gingrich win there could spill over and influence Alabama.
The field could change greatly after tomorrow's big day. Odds are that all candidates will remain in the race, but a poor showing by Santorum or Gingrich could convince one of them to drop out. If Romney does not have a strong showing both would be enticed to remain in the race. Romney has been gaining momentum and could deliver a severe blow to their chances tomorrow.
This Republican primary season has been one of the most competitive in recent memory. At least 5 different candidates have been national front runners at different points in time. Mitt Romney began the season as the leader. When Rick Perry joined the race he rocketed to the top. Herman Cain grabbed the lead for a short time on the back of his 9-9-9 plan. After a scandal brought Cain down Newt Gingrich climbed to the top due to his strong debate performances. Rick Santorum assumed front runner status for a time after winning the Iowa caucuses. Now Mitt Romney appears to have reclaimed the lead.
Establishment Republicans are desperate to see this primary wrapped up and the focus returned to attacking President Obama. Most feel the competitive primaries have hurt all of the candidates and strengthened the president. A growing economy has already hurt one of their lines of attack. This presidential election is probably going to be one of the ugliest in history and require a ton of campaign money. The longer Republicans fight each other, the less time they have to fight President Obama.