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Gingrich brings 'big ideas' to Gwinnett on Super Tuesday

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a Gwinnett Chamber breakfast at the 1818 Club in Duluth on Tuesday morning.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a Gwinnett Chamber breakfast at the 1818 Club in Duluth on Tuesday morning.

DULUTH — In the hours after his last campaign stop in Duluth, Gwinnett delivered votes for Newt Gingrich, helping the GOP candidate win his home state.

The former House Speaker staked his presidential race on Georgia, and the state’s Republican voters came through, giving him about 47 percent of the vote, with about 96 percent of precincts reported. The Gwinnett results echoed that number.

Tuesday morning, Gingrich began his Super Tuesday with a speech to Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce members, talking about the difference between bold ideas and big government.

“You better be ready to wage a campaign of ideas this fall,” Gingrich said, adding that President Barack Obama could raise more campaign funds than Mitt Romney, the GOP’s most well-funded candidate who has won out in many recent primaries.

But Tuesday, as polls opened in Georgia, Gingrich said his big ideas about how to improve the economy, bring down the price of gas and allow more freedom can boost his own campaign with a big win here.

Gingrich talked about the trials, failures and eventual success of the Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers, who bested a government grant-funded group of scientists in building an airplane. The inventors, he said, had the willingness to work, the best ideas, the guts and willingness to fail that government leaders need to turn the country around.

“I think Newt’s got the answers we need,” Sheriff Butch Conway said at the Chamber of Commerce event.

Tom Martin, another Gingrich supporter, said the candidate picked the right place to be on Super Tuesday, since Gwinnett has a strong Republican base, and Georgia has the highest delegate count available.

“He needs votes. This is a good place to be today,” Martin, a local banker, said. “I think it’s great for Gwinnett, and it’s good for him.”