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Eyeing Dixie Races, Mitt Romney Likes 'Y'all'

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters during the Snellville pancake brunch at Brookwood High School on March 4, 2012 in Snellville, Georgia.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters during the Snellville pancake brunch at Brookwood High School on March 4, 2012 in Snellville, Georgia.

is trying to be a Southerner. "I am learning to say y'all and I like grits, and things," he joked with a Mississippi audience Thursday night. "Strange things are happening to me."

Romney, who campaigns Friday in Mississippi and Alabama ahead of primaries there next week, has acknowledged that the next two states are an uphill climb.

The former Massachusetts governor told a Birmingham radio station that the South isn't a natural for him. "I realize it's a bit of an away game," Romney said, before adding that he's confident that he'll pick up delegates in the two states.

Total Cost: $58,065Tuition: $43,840Room & Board: $13,980Fees: $245Claremont McKenna, located near downtown Los Angeles, accepted only 12.4 percent of its applicants for the class of 2016, a rate that admissions counselor Brandon Gonzalez said ensures that students here will be going to school only with other top students.�The class of 2016 will be one of the most talented groups of students we have ever seen,�  The school will charge these students a tuition of $21,920 per semester, or $43,840 for the entire academic year, incurring a total cost of
Total Cost: $58,065Tuition: $43,840Room & Board: $13,980Fees: $245Claremont McKenna, located near downtown Los Angeles, accepted only 12.4 percent of its applicants for the class of 2016, a rate that admissions counselor Brandon Gonzalez said ensures that students here will be going to school only with other top students.�The class of 2016 will be one of the most talented groups of students we have ever seen,� The school will charge these students a tuition of $21,920 per semester, or $43,840 for the entire academic year, incurring a total cost of

In the other primary contests held in the region, Romney finished a distant second to Newt Gingrich in South Carolina and Georgia and was nine points behind Rick Santorum in Tennessee. Santorum, who is behind Romney in total GOP delegates, and Gingrich are hoping to knock the other out in the two Southern states.

Romney has been endorsed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who was elected last year.

Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney super PAC, has spent nearly $7 million on ads running in the South, according to NBC News. The independent group has three ads running in Mississippi and Alabama.

This story first appeared in USA Today.