Hot on the heels of a We Ask America poll showing Gingrich just one point behind Mitt Romney in Tennessee (30 Romney, 29 Gingrich, 29 Santorum), Newt 2012 announced it is going up on the air in Tennessee to sway the remaining undecided voters.
The spot, $2.50 Plan, which will also begin airing in Mississippi and Alabama later this week, outlines Newt Gingrich’s bold energy development plan which will massively increases domestic oil production to lower the price of gasoline to $2.50 per gallon, create millions of new jobs, and improve our national security.
The ad will run today and tomorrow, election day, and is 150 gross rating points.
Transcript: (Via Newt.org.)
Since Barack Obama’s inauguration, gas prices have doubled.
They didn’t go down when Obama bowed to Saudi oil princes.
But they can go down under the Newt Gingrich two-fifty per gallon plan.
The Gingrich two-fifty plan slashes gas prices by increasing domestic production, opening up off-shore drilling…building the Keystone Pipeline…cutting red-tape regulation.
The Gingrich two-fifty plan stops the great gas hold up…and puts money back in your pocket.
Newt: I’m Newt Gingrich and I approve this message.
In Ohio Romney leads with 37% to 36% for Santorum, 15% for Gingrich, and 11% for Ron Paul.
In Tennessee Santorum leads with 34% to 29% for Romney, 27% for Gingrich, and 8% for Paul.
In Georgia Gingrich leads with 47% to 24% for Romney, 19% for Santorum, and 8% for Paul.
A week ago Santorum had a huge lead in Tennessee, a decent sized one in Ohio, and seemed like he had a good chance for second in Georgia. Now he's barely holding on in Tennessee, ever so slightly behind in Ohio, and seems doomed for third in Georgia.
Romney's fortunes have swung the other direction. What was looking like a runner up finish in Ohio is looking more like a win with each passing day. He has an outside chance at pulling off an upset win in Tennessee. And it looks like he'll finish a solid second in Georgia.
The news for Gingrich is good too. It's been expected he would win Georgia, but it looks now like he could even hit the 50% mark. And he's pulled within striking distance of Santorum and Romney in Tennessee.
Full results here
Tomorrow 10 states hold contests in what is called Super Tuesday and the delegate count for those states is as follows:
Alaska (caucus)- 27 delegates - 10 base at-large / 3 re: 1 congressional district / 3 party / 11 bonus
Georgia (primary)- 76 delegates - 10 base at-large / 42 re: 14 congressional districts / 3 party / 21 bonus
Idaho (caucus)- 32 delegates - 10 base at-large / 6 re: 2 congressional districts / 3 party / 13 bonus
Massachusetts (primary)- 41 delegates - 10 base at-large / 27 re: 9 congressional districts / 3 party / 1 bonus
North Dakota (caucus)- 28 delegates - 10 base at-large / 3 re: 1 congressional district / 3 party / 12 bonus
Ohio (primary)- 66 delegates - 10 base at-large / 48 re: 16 congressional districts / 3 party / 5 bonus
Oklahoma (primary)- 43 delegates - 10 base at-large / 15 re: 5 congressional districts / 3 party / 15 bonus
Tennessee (primary)-58 delegates - 10 base at-large / 27 re: 9 congressional districts / 3 party / 18 bonus
Vermont (primary)- 17 delegates - 10 base at-large / 3 re: 1 congressional district / 3 party / 1 bonus
Virginia (primary)- 49 delegates - 10 base at-large / 33 re: 11 congressional districts / 3 party / 3 bonus (Gingrich, Santorum not on ballot)
(Delegate information via The Green Papers Republican Delegate Allocation)
(1,144 Needed To Win the GOP nomination)
Delegate count to date can be seen at RCP.
Those numbers will change as results from March 6, 2012 contests are reported.
(Join us as we live blog Super Tuesday contests with live discussion via Cover It Live)