Southern states were Mr. Romney’s Achilles’ heal in 2008, and Wednesday afternoon he took to Mr. Gingrich’s home turf of Georgia for a campaign stop.
Austin Barbour, a Mississippi resident who sits on Mr. Romney’s national fund-raising team and is aiming to rally support for Mr. Romney down South, said voters there will come around to whoever wins the nomination.
“Voters in those states are going to pivot to vote against Barack Obama and support our nominee,” said Mr. Barbour, the nephew of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.
But of the prior night’s performance, he added, “[I’m] certainly disappointed that we lost Colorado, I think surprised that we lost Colorado.”
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