Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich set a high bar Thursday for Republican campaign strategists in the Senate and House as they head into the 2012 election cycle.
The GOP must gun for 12 or 13 more Senate seats and 40 additional pick-ups in the House, Gingrich told an audience of business leaders in Myrtle Beach.
"If you're going to govern in 2013, you're going to need a really large margin," he said, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News.
Republicans gained 63 House seats last November and picked up six seats in the Senate.
The former House Speaker was visiting South Carolina, one of four key early caucus and primary states, as he considers a possible presidential bid. Gingrich drew 85 people to his appearance before the Grand Strand Business Association.