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Gingrich: Romney Must Carry Michigan

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(MILNER, Ga.) -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, focused on a Super Tuesday victory, will be watching the Michigan battle between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney on Tuesday from Georgia.

At a church in Georgia on Sunday, a campaign stop, Gingrich said Romney has to carry Michigan.

“I think he has an enormous amount at stake,” Gingrich said.

Though Gingrich said Michigan could be an important factor for Romney, he also said that it was very important for him to win his own home state.

“I want to focus on winning in Georgia,” Gingrich said.  “I think it is essential for us to do that and we are going to do everything we can between now and next Tuesday to win here at home.”

Gingrich said he will go to the Republican presidential convention in Tampa, Fla., to seek the nomination.  A campaign source told ABC News they requested Secret Service protection last week.  The campaign is still waiting to hear back on their request.

The former House speaker has not wavered in his expressions of confidence that he will make it to the convention, though there’s been talk among some Republican leaders that a brokered convention could be possible if Romney loses Michigan and the race remains wide open.

“We can go to Tampa.  Look, this could be like the NCAA Final Four with no elimination,” Gingrich said.  “You could have all four of us at Tampa.  You could even have number five and six if somebody gets excited and jumps in.”

Gingrich said he has high expectations for Super Tuesday, which will be a necessary day to his campaign for a chance at the nomination.

“We hope to do very well in Oklahoma and Tennessee.  We may surprise people in Idaho.  We think we have a real fighting chance in Ohio.  So, we will have to wait and see how the day works out, but I think it may be better than people expect,” he said.

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