Just a few weeks ago, Newt Gingrich hovered in the middle of a crowded field of Republican candidates for president.
He finished fourth in Iowa and fourth in New Hampshire. Then came South Carolina. A new state and a bad debate by then frontrunner Mitt Romney gave Gingrich's campaign new life.
Today, the former Speaker of the House was in St. Petersburg at the Tick Tock Restaurant on 4th Street North for a quick campaign stop. Gingrich hoped to capitilize on the momentum of his surprise win in South Carolina.
For Floridians, Gingrich is comparing the race between himself and Romney to the race for the U.S. Senate seat between former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.
"I thought it was very ironic last night, as many of you know, Jose Mallea is helping us on our campaign," Gingrich said of Rubio's former campaign chief.
"We discovered last night that Mitt Romney has picked up Charlie Crist's campaign team," Gingrich told the audience at the Tick Tock Restaurant Tuesday morning. "I thought that sort of told you everything you needed to know about this primary."
Gingrich went on to say that he believes that if he wins Florida, he will win the GOP nomination.
"If you help me win next Tuesday, I will become the Republican nominee," Gingrich said.
If he does win, Gingrich said that the House and Senate need makeovers, too. He said it is up to Floridians to vote out Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
Gingrich spoke for roughly 20 minutes before being whisked away for his next campaign stop, which is in Sarasota.