Newt’s Warning To Mitt: Losing Home State Means ‘Badly Weakened Candidacy’

Newt Gingrich said losing one’s home state is a bad omen for a presidential candidate — a clear reference to the troubles Mitt Romney faces in the upcoming primary in his Michigan, where he was born and has family roots.

“I think you’d have a very — if any of the three loses our home state, if Santorum loses Pennsylvania, Romney loses Michigan, or I lose Georgia, you have, I think, a very, very badly weakened candidacy,” Gingrich said on Fox News Sunday.

He refused to say he’ll drop out of the race if he loses his home state of Georgia but said, “I’m certainly willing to say I think it’s extraordinarily important to carry your home state. And also has an underlying impact if you don’t.”

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