Montgomery, Alabama (CNN) – Following the Super Tuesday results, Newt Gingrich cancelled a visit to Kansas later this week to instead focus on two must-win southern states.
Less than 24 hours prior the campaign was touting a two-day trip to Kansas in the lead-up to Saturday's caucus. The press release even included a quote from State Director Mike Pirner that said Gingrich is "taking Kansas very seriously and this aggressive schedule is a demonstration of that."
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Gingrich claimed a decisive victory in Georgia Tuesday night but watched as Rick Santorum claimed the first spot in three states and Mitt Romney six. The campaign reassessed their strategy overnight.
Shortly before Gingrich's first rally in Alabama Wednesday, spokesman R.C. Hammond held a gaggle with reporters and said, "Cancel your trip to Kansas gang, you're going to stay here."
The campaign decided to skip the Kansas caucus and focus on upcoming primaries in Alabama and Mississippi where they believe Gingrich has a greater chance of winning.
It might be the end of his presidential run if he loses next Tuesday. A reporter asked Hammond, "You have to win both Alabama and Mississippi to remain credible?" Succinctly he replied, "Yes."
Hammond dismissed the notion that the sudden shift in strategy suggested the Gingrich camp was more concerned about their prospects in the two southern states.
"I would look at it more as a switch in tactics. You still see us communicate with voters in Kansas, just our candidate's schedule is going to be here," Hammond said in Montgomery. "We'll still allocate resources that the campaign has into Kansas.".
"We do not have large amounts of money to throw on television, so if you look at where our strengths are as a campaign this is where our better opportunity is," he said.
Hammond added, "A big win in Georgia kept us in the race. Big wins in Alabama and Mississippi will add even more fuel to the tank."
Tuesday night after Gingrich's victory speech, former staffer Rick Tyler predicted the former speaker will win Alabama and Mississippi but was less confident about Kansas. "We'll see," he said.
Winning our Future, the super PAC supporting Gingrich's candidacy where Tyler serves as senior adviser, is still running ads there going after Mitt Romney. (Include link to yesterday's story)
"We're in Kansas now, we've been in Kansas for over a week," Tyler said in Atlanta. "We're focused on those next three states. I think we'll just take it one step at a time from here on out."