With a vital win in the Georgia primary Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich quickly looked ahead to the next round of contests, promising yet another comeback for what he called "the power of ideas."
The victory, the only one besides the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary, hardly brings the former House speaker within striking distance of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who racked up more states in Tuesday's 10-state gauntlet.
But it keeps Gingrich's roller-coaster campaign going, with a round of contests including Southern primaries only days away.
"Tomorrow will bring another chapter in the race for the nomination, but it's more than a chapter in the race for the nomination," Gingrich told cheering supporters at a suburban Atlanta hotel. "It's a chapter in a fight for the soul of the Republican Party. It's a chapter in the fight for the very nature of America. It's a chapter defining who we are as a people."
Gingrich, who regained some of his footing in Georgia after a six-week winless stretch, pledged to continue campaigning and planned to fly Wednesday morning to Alabama, and campaign Thursday in Mississippi. Both hold primaries on March 13.
"I want you to know in the morning we are going on to Alabama. We're going on to Mississippi. We're going on to Kansas, and that's just this week," he said.