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Decision 2012: Gingrich vying for last minute votes in Tennessee

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- The race for the White House is heating up.

On the eve of Super Tuesday, one GOP candidate is making one more attempt to sway voters in the Tennessee Valley.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was welcomed by a crowd of about 200 supporters Monday night at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, where he laid out his plan to lower gas prices and take his home state of Georgia.  

On his second trip to the Scenic City in a week Newt Gingrich promoted his plan to lower prices at the pump and called for the U.S. to declare war if Iran attempts to close a key oil route.

"No future American President should ever again bow to a Saudi King," Gingrich tells the crowd.

The former speaker says his message is gaining ground.

A recent poll by Atlanta's NBC affiliate shows a slight upswing in his home state of Georgia.

"Georgia is the biggest number of delegates that's up and we're going to win most of them," says Gingrich.

And some Tennessee voters are buying in.

"I'm pretty sure, 99 percent sure," Laura Dietzen says.

"I think he's the most informed and I've liked everything he's said so far," says Pam Witte.

"I'll vote for whoever is on the ticket in November, but tomorrow I'll vote for Newt," says Bryan Beck.

Gingrich spent the day stumping in Tennessee, from Kingsport to Knoxville and then to Chattanooga.

"You get on the plane and get some work done," says Gingrich. "You get off the plane, particularly if you're doing short hops, and you never actually stop. It's just permanent motion."

Not willing to talk about his plans should he lose the nomination, Gingrich appears confident.

"I'm the only candidate who actually had balanced the budget for four straight years, and has helped pass welfare reform, and helped bring unemployment down to 4.2 percent," he says. "And I think this is not a job for an amateur."

But Super Tuesday will tell.

Gingrich was traveling with his wife Callista, daughter, and grandson.

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain was also there to lend Gingrich his support.

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