Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sensing opportunity in a state with a vibrant tea party movement, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is beefing up his campaign presence in South Carolina.
Gingrich's national Coalitions Director, Adam Waldeck, is re-locating to Columbia to run political operations in the first-in-the-south primary state.
The Gingrich campaign is also planning to roll out several tea party endorsements in the Charleston area in the coming days. One prominent tea party leader in the state, Columbia activist Allen Olsen, endorsed Gingrich in September.
Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said the campaign is building "a grassroots firewall" in South Carolina, a state that could be friendly to Gingrich given his roots in nearby Georgia.
Hammond said that with Texas Gov. Rick Perry's poll numbers flagging, Gingrich now has space to "emerge as the southern candidate" in the race.
"Speaker Gingrich is best-positioned to capture the anti-establishment fervor that is out there and build a grassroots network," he argued.
The former House Speaker has ticked up in the polls of late following a series of strong debate performances, but he still has a long way to go after a very public campaign implosion damaged his hopes earlier this year.
Gingrich registered at 8% in an American Research Group poll of South Carolina Republicans released earlier this week, putting him in fourth place behind businessman Herman Cain (26%), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (25%), and Perry (15%).
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Gingrich is just turning into a whiney old woman...it's really strange! he also slowed so much progress in the 90's that it's really sad people have given him a platform to continue his lies.
No kind of beef is ever going to get him elected to anything!!
Gengrich and the tea party are obviously at odds when it comes to values. This is a man who just can't be committed to the simple concept of one-man-one-wife. How on earth could Gingrich be so blindsided to think that he could become the tea part 'darling' with so many pieces of baggage?
With his spend and spend attitude and his incredibly huge credit at Tiffany's in New York the tea party will do itself proud to stay clear of supporting him. This is exactly what the tea party is preaching against.
Does he really expect the tea party to bypass Mitt Romney and Herman Cain and support him? Gingrich is simply put, an 'opportunist'. He is trying to take advantage of the moron pastor's statement that southern evangelicals will not vote for Romney because he is a cult follower.
It is very clear that Gingrich will not be able to pull this one off as fast as he thinks.
OMG! Gingrich? What on earth are you thinking?
Gingrich is having another one of his daydreams about being president. When will he wake up and face the fact that as a man with very poor moral values Americans are simply ignoring his overtures?
Does he really believe the 'holy' tea party will accept him as their darling? He is just trying to pull one off by taking advantage of the moron pastor's statement that southern evangelicals will not vote for Romney because he is a mormon.
Wake up Gingrich, you're not in the trust book of the American people
Mr. Gingrich was out of order during last night's debate on several occations. Everyone at the table abided by the rules, except for Newt, of course. Debaters were to wait until called upon before speaking. Newt spoke several time out of turn by breaking into the ongoing conversation, "Excuse me, I just want to say something." Charlie Rose should have told him, "No."
Is he still in the race? I thought he had dropped out already.
Delusional Newt doing what he does.
It's over, Newt. Go home.
"Speaker Gingrich is best-positioned to capture the anti-establishment fervor that is out there and build a grassroots network."
Excuse me, but Newty was the SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE; he's as establishment as you can be!
Eye of Newt, "Isn,t that some kind of ingredient to an "Evil Stew" you make to put a "MOJO" on somebodys "Butt"???
Where's the beef?!?