Newt Gingrich says he'll go on to the Republican convention in Tampa, despite not winning the Mississippi and Alabama primaries.
He'd banked on winning the southern contests to revitalize his campaign. Instead, he finished second behind Rick Santorum.
Gingrich said he and Santorum will wind up taking about two thirds of the delegates from the primaries. He said the results defy the "elite media's efforts to convince the nation that Mitt Romney is the inevitable candidate. He said a frontrunner that keeps coming in third is "not much of a front runner."
Gingrich told supporters in Birmingham that they should expect
"three or four days of the media talking about him" getting out of the race.
But he said he'll stay in it because voters want a candidate who
will talk about substance. He made a pitch for online donations and
called his bid a people's campaign.