Despite being a long way behind Romney and Santorum, Newt Gingrich did what he set out to do and that was to take his home state of Georgia.
It was a do or die campaign with his credibility as a presidential nominee candidate riding on a win.
But Georgia was his first success since his victory in South Carolina in January
“I hope the analysts in Washington and New York, who spent June and July explaining our campaign was dead, will watch this tonight and learn a little bit from this crowd,” Gingrich told supporters in Atlanta.
Despite the victory, Gingrich taking the nomination is still a long shot, but his continued candidacy could ultimately help Romney by siphoning off conservative votes from Santorum.
Meanwhile Ron Paul remains in fourth place but is becoming increasingly adrift from his rivals.