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All eyes on the deep south today for the GOP presidential race Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney Rick Santorum neck and neck in Alabama and Mississippi -- 86 delegates are at stake.
Take a look at far as -- a lot of Romney wins planning for Santorum -- just to for Newt Gingrich.
There's been relying on what he calls -- southern strategy.
-- -- today -- be his last stand joining me now Ed Rollins senior Republican strategist and a Fox News contributor welcome back to the show -- pleasure thank you.
Let's talk about this is new -- does he have to take both of these states.
Well it certainly -- and yes take at least one of them for doesn't -- one of them any sort of loses that credibility be in the southerner.
Get a couple yankees in here 2% to Harmon and Romney and Needham and didn't -- estimates.
You know I remember Super Tuesday right I you know we started Super Tuesday -- I was -- -- be really important and then it turned out nothing really changed.
Could that be the result of southern Super Tuesday.
Absolutely you know the bottom line here it's all about delegates and the way that these two states are proportional.
Probably everybody gets delegates.
He went 50% you get.
When the congressional district he went 50% of the state which is not likely anybody's gonna do and you get you get a big chunk of.
Well lets review those delegates were army currently has 4541144.
-- for the nomination Santorum -- second Gingrich third Ron Paul for if I've been listening very closely to Mitt Romney there's some thinking that he might be able to take one of these states tonight.
But he keeps kind of tripping over himself and I believe it was yesterday or today.
He talked about billionaire football team owners that are -- friends.
That's not very relatable on.
Not not I'm not and that's part part of the world you know he has -- -- -- need to be itself.
You know you can't go can't go and Alabama Mississippi and trying to -- little -- You know they've seen they've seen -- for a long time and -- -- -- -- -- But you -- you'd you'd need to talked about things that matter that's jobs that's high gas prices as -- thinks that the day in day out these people affected by don't trying to wanted to.
Can you teach somebody could be themselves though in front of the camera in front -- crowds are.
I mean it seems like this has been obvious for some time.
Think there's anybody did is listening to them into the them -- -- -- written late great Lee Atwater who was a southerner.
Taught George H.
Bush and came out of the same school as as Romney -- -- need -- grinds and how to based -- -- stock car races and and and relate to those people I'm not saying those people into the integrate Americans are just he can't go down there be if only because a lot of phone equipment and and they -- That they would rather you be the -- -- -- and the obvious about it rather than having you know pretending -- -- -- -- you can walk -- there's in this.
Could messages that went to Harvard tell me what's going on down here you know that more respect -- -- -- Our -- Santorum here could he make a play.
I you know I don't think he's gonna end up winning any of these things -- get some delegates out here but he clearly has moved on from Louisiana.
And I think to a certain extent.
He needs Gingrich out of this race or Gingrich and ease him out.
Yeah that's what's given this whole thing going that's for sure.
And also this week -- yesterday I'm sorry Mitt Romney making at comments about a brokered convention he keeps saying now over and over again there will be.
No brokered convention if -- a big mistake to say.
Hey look I'm gonna have a wrapped up by the convention to say absolutely no way is this gonna happen because if it did then you're just because.
You can't even -- a lot of words if you're not careful I think the critical thing years I'm like compete everywhere.
As it's all about delegates just is I'm here competing for delegates and -- everywhere and -- for delegates.
-- -- 1144 before the convention great if I don't will sit on the -- till like 11144.
I'm gonna be the nominee -- this -- And well -- and this is not news breaker here AFL CIO -- president.
400 million in union dollars going to the president no surprises there how important is -- support to the president.
Well it's very important to the grassroots level at any in the admit they've always been there that side and so it's it's you know fortunate we get to offset some of that with.
With some of the super pacs and other things that they're very powerful element of the Democratic Party -- the this is payback for them.
Sure is payback I got a lot for that sure you have -- And thanks for coming -- so it's great to see thank.
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