GOP candidates' southern strategies
Who will win big in Alabama, Mississippi?
- Duration 4:39
- Date Mar 13, 2012
Who will win big in Alabama, Mississippi?
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-- voting is under way in Alabama and Mississippi a total of 84 delegates up for grabs in those two -- and the stakes obviously very high.
Newt Gingrich making several campaign stops in Alabama today fighting for a crucial win there.
Mitt Romney is looking ahead to Missouri after a campaign swing in Alabama yesterday Rick Santorum moving on to Louisiana after a big push in the deep south.
And Ron Paul not actively competing in those two contests.
Joining us now on the phone -- former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee he is also the host of Huckabee right here on the Fox News Channel.
Governor what should we be looking for today.
John the big story will be how well Mitt Romney does in the south if he can take either of these two state it is a huge huge win.
The fact that he's polling close -- that the dead heat among the top three candidates.
Is and it don't significant.
But no one thinks Romney at twenty to -- these states.
The most likely one that he wins -- Mississippi he has this is the support of a very popular governor -- Bryant there.
You'll play well in Alabama and and probably come up close perspective.
But that is a big deal for Mitt Romney and he -- that.
Going forward so that people won't say what he can do well in the north -- well in the west but he can't compete in the -- this would change that there for him.
-- shouldn't the advantage here -- Newt Gingrich obviously represented having represented a southern state in congress for so many decades.
Well it shouldn't use overwhelming victory in his own state of Georgia certainly.
Got it gave him some -- In terms of its southern capacity but Rick Santorum and it's very well with that value voters that are in the south.
And there's a big split between the people who are following Gingrich who -- following Santorum.
That's one of the reasons the Romney has a real clear opening up the middle.
And could end up surprising people either of these states I don't think it is anyone's campaign tonight even if Gingrich -- polluted both of these states.
I don't think he -- But I think that it makes it more difficult for him to go forward there's a battle becomes between.
And Santorum Vista which one has the best shot but being -- not Romney.
Well the polls are indicating that you could see a couple of states that split the vote pretty evenly three ways if that happens doesn't it just.
Preserve everybody's candidacy and and keep all these candidates slogging on for Tampa.
Oh I think it does John it back I don't anticipate that even if Gingrich were to come in third in both of the states I don't think he says that it I'm done.
Because the point is that in a race like this where no one is close to be yeah magic number of 1144.
There's no reason for anyone to get out.
And I know the pundits and sometimes the political insiders these -- and the party officials would love for this thing to be over but that's not fair to Gingrich and it's not -- to stand torrent.
-- is still alive and something can happen Santorum could say something Romney -- space something that it into their campaign in an instant.
And the volatility of this rates and the limited the other means that the Smart play predicting which is to stay on SP look for the opening.
And -- get out of it when someone gets 11144.
Delegates didn't yet they only to step aside -- it -- but -- -- It's still game on.
Well let me get your take on the question that so many Republicans are wringing their hands about are these.
Four candidates destroying each other in on the way to trying to win the the Oval Office.
Yes I I totally agree that it's gotten a little bit.
Absurd especially when the big argument -- bureau bureau on the wall who's the most conservative -- the mall.
The truth is they're all conservative.
And some problem more so and a few areas than others and then you know some can point to some boat somebody Nader comment they've made.
But compared to Barack Obama they're all conservative and in -- -- of ludicrous argument to continue to try to.
Which read each other they need to be showing what they -- that is going to be different.
That the president how -- able approach the general election campaign.
Give the Republican voters not -- much like the bonds conservatives that there's not a lot of daylight between.
Show the contrast that they're gonna bring to Barack Obama in the -- of the general election what the Republican voters make that decision.
Not a decision of who's -- Venus.
Junk yard dog -- Mike Huckabee who traveled this road for years ago as a Republican contender for president also -- former governor of Arkansas.
Huckabee Governor Huckabee thank you thank you John.