Newt Gingrich's weak home-state victory was second worst performance since 1972

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Smart Politics review of presidential primary contests finds that Newt Gingrich’s 47.2% performance in Georgia was tied for the second lowest support for a major Republican presidential candidate in his home state since the 1972 cycle, and tied for the lowest number for a winning candidate.

The worst home state performance for a Republican was Pat Robertson in Virginia in 1988.

Via The Political Wire.

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