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Voters In The South Head To Polls

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:13 PM CDT
The race for the Republican presidential nomination focuses on the Deep South today with primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. Hawaii holds its caucus today. They are high stakes contests for each of the candidates.

During his final push for votes in Birmingham, Alabama Newt Gingrich told a crowd of Republicans he's in this race for the long haul.

“I do not believe the other two candidates can beat Obama and I believe this race is the most important in our lifetime and I will not leave the field,” said Gingrich.

Gingrich's strategy has been to focus on southern states to reenergize his campaign. The latest polls show he's in a fight for first or second in both Alabama and Mississippi going into primary day.

Rick Santorum supporters have called for Gingrich to drop out so the conservative base can rally behind the former Pennsylvania Senator. Santorum says it's time for this to be a two man race.

“Whether he pulls it out or not where does he go from here? We go next to Illinois and he’s sitting at ten percent in the state of Illinois. We’re at 31 percent,” said Santorum.

A new CBS News - New York Times Poll shows nationally that Rick Santorum has a four-point lead over Mitt Romney among likely Republican primary voters.

The survey also reveals 73 percent of those polled think its Romney who will end up clinching the nomination.

The former Massachusetts Governor didn't let the weather stop him from campaigning in Mobile, Alabama on Monday.

“If you think Washington is a mess I hope you’ll send me there so I can fix it,” said Romney.

Romney is looking to pull off at least one victory in the south today to prove he can win over evangelical voters and carry very conservative states.

Ron Paul did not actively campaign in Alabama and Mississippi.Voters In The South Head To Polls

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