NEW ORLEANS — Newt Gingrich said Thursday that the GOP could gain as many as 25 or 30 House seats through redistricting, provided it does well enough in this year's governor's races.

Gingrich noted that there are more open governor's seats than at any point in the last century, and said he is encouraged by the early polling in many of those states.

"If we win these seats, it could be worth as many as 25 or 30 seats in redistricting," Gingrich said at a Q-and-A session at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

Gingrich's thought echoes almost exactly something a Republican Governors Association (RGA) spokesman said in 2008 — even down to the numbers used.