UPDATE: Gingrich 2nd in Gwinnett GOP Straw Poll; Paul Wins

In Suwanee, Gingrich calls Georgia crucial to his election hopes.

Updated Feb. 19, 2012

Calling President Obama the "most dangerous president in modern American history," Newt Gingrich made bold statements on the current administration and his presidential plans in a speech Saturday in Suwanee. The talk followed an earlier Gingrich rally Saturday in Forsyth County.

The former U.S. House speaker was introduced to the crowd of about 400 people at Collins Hill High by Atlanta-based businessman Herman Cain, who ended his presidential campaign in December and recently threw his support behind Gingrich.

Attacking Obama on several fronts, Gingrich said the president "refuses to tell the truth about people who want to hurt us." He said Obama's approach to national defense "is the most destructive unilateral disarmament I've ever seen."

Gingrich's speech followed a meeting of the Gwinnett County Republican Party elsewhere at the school. At that meeting, Ron Paul finished ahead of Gingrich in a straw poll.

Paul collected 115 votes to Gingrich's 73. Finishing third was former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum with 60 votes. Mitt Romney, currently the overall delegate leader among GOP candidates, got 25 votes.

State Rep. Buzz Brockway was among those wearing a Santorum sticker at the GOP meeting. Brockway said, "I don't dislike (Gingrich). ... At this point, the race is wide open, so I'm going to vote for the candidate with the best chance to win."

U.S. Rep Rob Woodall, who represents Suwanee and parts of Gwinnett in Congress, attended Saturday's GOP meeting. He has not decided on who to support, noting that his backing hinges on which candidate supports the Fair Tax.

Gingrich talked of the importance of the Georgia primary on March 6 (Super Tuesday), when the state's 73 delegates will be up for grabs. After the speech, he called his former home state a "springboard" for possible success in such states as Texas and California.

"I need your help," Gingrich told the crowd, which twice gave him a standing ovation.

Charles L Claitty February 20, 2012 at 06:39 PM
We love you, Newt! You are helping guarantee a second term for Barack Obama.Are any of these four stooges candidate republican­s going to talk about how they plan to solve problems or do they think just bashing the first black president will guarantee a win? Sounds like a real good way to lose the election.Look what Bush and Cheney did for this economy for two terms Their way of belief for this country is to Kill,Steal and destroy. LOL!!!! OBAMA 2012.
Matthew Petre February 21, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Just another intelligent American proudly procaiming my support for Ron Paul and the message of Liberty in 2012!
Tom Doolittle February 21, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Ron Paul also won the DeKalb Straw Poll with 105 votes to 25 (Newt and Romney) and 13 (Santorum)
John February 26, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Ron Paul Rally in Marietta Square Sunday Feb. 26 starts at 1:30
Jesse Callihan March 01, 2012 at 06:03 PM
That success belongs to our military and our intelligence people. Obama had no choice in the decision. He didn't want to be like Clinton who passed on the opportunity to take out Bin Laden. I think he also agreed because of politics and not because it was the right thing to do.


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