Gingrich losses in South a big blow yet he goes on
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Newt Gingrich's defeats in his home region of the Deep South all but end his White House bid -- even if he refuses to acknowledge it.
Despite losses Tuesday in Republican presidential primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, he is vowing to soldier on, low on cash and amid pressure to leave the race.
But the former House speaker risks damaging his legacy in a party he helped build.
One former aide says Gingrich and his wife, Callista, are probably the only two people who believe he can win the GOP nomination.
With the best shot at a third comeback in his past, Gingrich was campaigning Wednesday in Illinois for the primary there on March 20, even as Rick Santorum has cemented his place as the race's preferred conservative.
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