Republicans Place Super Tuesday Bets

McCain, Giuliani have similar plans; only Romney will go national
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2008 4:30 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, greets supporters at a campaign rally in Sanford, Fla. Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With Super Tuesday looming, Republican contenders are ironing out their strategies for what an adviser to John McCain calls "a de facto national primary," the Washington Post reports. McCain and Rudy Giuliani have overlapping plans in California and the Northeast, Mike Huckabee is crossing his fingers in the South, and only Mitt Romney looks financially ready to go national.

Huckabee's campaign chairman predicts that Romney "will pick and choose, McCain will pick and choose, and we'll go where we think we can win." Romney's advisors say they haven’t finalized an itinerary but will focus on Utah, Massachusetts, and Colorado. He and McCain won’t concede the Bible Belt to Huckabee: Both plan pushes in delegate-rich Georgia.