Bad enough Newtie isn’t going to win, now he’s breaking records in the wrong direction.
During Newt Gingrich’s Tuesday night pep talk to his supporters, the former House Speaker bragged about his home state victory by explaining how the media called his win in Georgia as the first call of the evening, shortly after the polls closed.
However, in addition to the fact that only two other Super Tuesday states closed at the 7 pm EST hour, Gingrich’s victory – while a necessary condition to keep him in the race – was one of the least impressive home state presidential primary victories in modern political history.
A Smart Politics review of presidential primary contests finds that Newt Gingrich’s 47.2 percent performance in Georgia was tied for the second lowest support for a Republican presidential candidate in his home state since the 1972 cycle, and the lowest number for a winning candidate.
Gingrich – who admittedly won Georgia on Super Tuesday by a comfortable margin of 21.3 points over Mitt Romney – fared quite poorly when stacked up against the record of most Republican White House hopefuls over the last 11 cycles.
Only one such Republican candidate received a lower vote total in his home state – Pat Robertson in 1988.