Gingrich: Alabama and Mississippi aren’t must-wins for me

posted at 2:15 pm on March 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Perhaps the fact that the question had to be asked at all speaks for Newt Gingrich’s precarious status in the race:

Spurning calls for him to get out, Newt Gingrich insisted Friday that he’ll stay in the race for the Republican presidential nomination even if he loses two Southern primaries next week.

“I think there’s a fair chance we’ll win,” the former House speaker told The Associated Press about the contests Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi. “But I just want to set this to rest once and for all. We’re going to Tampa.”

Gingrich said he intended to campaign all the way to the Republican National Convention in August, regardless of whether he has won the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

His comments contradicted assertions by a key aide that Gingrich must win both states to remain viable.

Asked if he must win the pair, Gingrich replied: “No.”

On one level, this is standard campaign spin. No candidate will set himself up for failure by imposing a public timeline on his withdrawal.  It would make him as serious as, say, a Commander in Chief who declared that he would only fight a war to a certain calendar date.  It’s a recipe for a crisis in confidence on the part of voters, and especially on the part of donors.

Realistically, however, the campaign aide has it right.  Gingrich has only won two contests in this primary fight, one of which was his own nominal home state, and both of which are in the South.  He came in third in the only other Southern state to hold a primary (Tennessee), and he’s not even strongly competing outside of the region.  If he can’t win Alabama or Mississippi, there aren’t many paths for Gingrich to the nomination — and if he loses both, especially to Mitt Romney, there aren’t any at all.  His only hope in losing both will be that Rick Santorum wins them instead of Romney, and then unexpectedly implodes immediately afterward.


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either newt or rick need to go after this tuesday along with paul…we need to get the focus back on dear leader now and stop with all this other crapola…

cmsinaz on March 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Gingrich: Alabama and Mississippi aren’t must-wins for me

I like Newt but he does need to win these.

sharrukin on March 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

If he loses, he needs to drop out. And I am a Newt supporter. He’s my first choice. But I will gladly take Rick in his place.

JellyToast on March 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

BEAT OBAMA SAVE AMERICA!

Roy Rogers on March 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

there aren’t many paths for Gingrich to the nomination

Newt is more driven by ego than by getting any nomination. It’s an excellent adventure funded by some mega-bucks donor. That being said, he and Santorum are relatively close in popular votes & the RNC has him ahead of Santorum in the delegate count.

whatcat on March 10, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Hang in there Newt…!!!

:)

Seven Percent Solution on March 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I hope he stays. He’s the only one out there saying what needs to be said. And at this point I don’t see how Santorum is any better than Romney because of the union issue.

Rose on March 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I like you, I supported you, you are done. Leave

Southernblogger on March 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Unlike Seven Percent Solution, Newt is smart enough to know he already has lost. He is in it for other reasons at this point.

Jailbreak on March 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

just make it to Texas, Newt

thedevilinside on March 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Newt’s in it only until his Vegas sugar daddy turns off the money spigot.

Bitter Clinger on March 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

(…haven’t seen 7% yet today…so…)
…Hang in there Newt!!!
(yes, I know it isn’t … first, but …!!!-I’m only substituting!)

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Hang in there Seven Percent Solution…!!!
:)

ShainS on March 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Kansas Caucus Results 8% counted

Santorum 50%
Romney 19%
Gingrich 19%
Paul 12%

***************************

Wyoming Caucus Results 42% counted

Romney 50%
Santorum 30%
Paul 8%
Gingrich 0%

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Hang in there Newt…!!!

:)

Seven Percent Solution on March 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

…sorry! I went for a cup of coffee, and fed one of my kids…before I sent my subsitution…

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

After Florida, Adelson was turning off the spigot for Newt. He reversed himself and gave Newt another 10 millions after CO, MO and MN, so Newt can stay in. The aim for Adelson is to stop Santorum. Newt continuing to want to stay in is good news for Romney.

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Wyoming Caucus Results 42% counted

Romney 50%
Santorum 30%
Paul 8%
Gingrich 0%

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Romney will win every state that has over a 10% Mormon population…

It’s that simple…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Unlike Seven Percent Solution, Newt is smart enough to know he already has lost. He is in it for other reasons at this point.

Jailbreak on March 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

VP?
Chief of Staff?
Press Secretary?
…I’m good!

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Actually, should say : After Florida and Nevada….

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 2:35 PM

just make it to Texas, Newt

thedevilinside on March 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Practically speaking, if Newt loses Alabama and/or Mississippi, I just don’t see how he wins Texas.

The most recent poll from Texas (back in January):
Romney 24%
Gingrich 23%
Perry 18%
Santorum 15%
Paul 15%

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I think there’s a fair chance we’ll win

When compared with the usual bold confident “We’re going to win!” of someone who’s even close, that’s almost a concession speech.

Confutus on March 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Whoa, Newt has 0 votes in Wyoming…

There should be rule if you get 0 votes in a state your campaign is automatically terminated…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Unlike Seven Percent Solution, Newt is smart enough to know he already has lost. He is in it for other reasons at this point.

Jailbreak on March 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

VP?
Chief of Staff?
Press Secretary?
…I’m good!

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

None of those positions pay enough to interest Newt. He will continue to work as a historian and consultant.

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

PPP says Alabama is a three-way tie on their first day of polling with Mitt slightly in the lead, whereas Mississippi is a Romney/Gingrich contest (with Romney slightly leading) and Santorum falling back significantly.

FYI and all.

Esoteric on March 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

He should not drop out. Someone needs to hit Obama.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

None of those positions pay enough to interest Newt. He will continue to work as a historian and consultant.

Wrong. You don’t understand Newt. Newt wants to be relevant, he wants to be where the ‘action’ is. You offer Newt a job in the White House that offers the prospect of being a part of the public conversation, and he’ll take it.

He could never be a press secretary, though. He’s a loose cannon: absolutely the worst possible person for that sort of job in this modern media era (especially as a Republican).

Esoteric on March 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Kansas Caucus Results 8% counted

Santorum 50%
Romney 19%
Gingrich 19%
Paul 12%

***************************

Wyoming Caucus Results 42% counted

Romney 50%
Santorum 30%
Paul 8%
Gingrich 0%

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Come onnnnnnnnnnnnn Bluegill !….you gotta be wet for this one! Get your worms in here! Quit reading!

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Kansas Caucus Results 15% counted

Santorum 52%
Romney 18%
Gingrich 19%
Paul 11%

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Romney will win every state that has over a 10% Mormon population…

It’s that simple…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Considering there are only three (Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming), you’re probably right. He’s won plenty of states with less than than 10% population as well.

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

He should not drop out. Someone needs to hit Obama.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

..I’d hit him if I weren’t so afraid of his lobster-sucking FLOTUS catching me and sitting on me.

WARNING: Cheap, gratuitous, blog-whoring link above.

The War Planner on March 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

He should not drop out. Someone needs to hit Obama.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Careful. You might get the Secret Service sicked on you!!

Bitter Clinger on March 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

In many ways I despise Newt and his Big Government solutions to even the smallest problems (i.e. putting black children to work as janitors in schools to solve some social ailment or another.) But the one thing I like about him is that we both want Romney to win. Why else would he stay in the race until Tampa, knowing he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of winning?

rogaineguy on March 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Considering there are only three (Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming), you’re probably right. He’s won plenty of states with less than than 10% population as well.

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

He has and he will continue to win more states with less than 10% LDS population…

My point is if has over 10% LDS population, no one should even campaign there, it will and has gone to Romney every time…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Newt’s in it only until his Vegas sugar daddy turns off the money spigot.

Bitter Clinger on March 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

THIS………Romney Nomination Insurance.

I wonder if this Adelson is a friend of the Donald Trump?

PappyD61 on March 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

The War Planner on March 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Heh, Mario looks more feminine.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Romney will win every state that has over a 10% Mormon population…

It’s that simple…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Funny how Rick is not winning Catholics. Just the anit-mormon evangelicals.

rubberneck on March 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

By the end of the day 26 of the 56 primary/caucuses will have been complete with Gingrich winning just 2 of the 26. His logic of not needing to win these 2 southern states makes no sense. If he cannot count or perform better than this, then he certainly has no business being President. Gingrich and Santorum should throw in the towel, and let’s get on with the Romney vs Obama battle!

lhuffman34 on March 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Bitter Clinger on March 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Heh, I’m not afraid of Janet N.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Funny how Rick is not winning Catholics.

rubberneck on March 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Same folks who mostly broke for Obama?

sharrukin on March 10, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Funny how Rick is not winning Catholics. Just the anit-mormon evangelicals.

rubberneck on March 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I wouldn’t assume that just because a lot of Evangelicals are voting for Santorum that they’re anti-Mormon. They may simply trust him more, connect with him better, or align with him socially. Let’s not automatically assume that just because someone is voting for Santorum or Newt over Romney, they’re anti-Mormon.

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

There should be rule if you get 0 votes in a state your campaign is automatically terminated…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

That would eliminate all, which w/b good.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

He should not drop out. Someone needs to hit Obama.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Thanks for the link.

WOLF: Mitt beat Rick, but Newt beat Barack
Only one Republican has made Obama squirm
By Dr. Milton R. Wolf
-
The Washington Times
Thursday, March 8, 2012

This wouldn’t be the first time the media missed the real story. In the wake of a split Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum scored wins against each other, but it was former Speaker Newt Gingrich who single-handedly drove President Obama into panic mode.

The rest of the story:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/8/mitt-beat-rick-but-newt-beat-barack/

IndeCon on March 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Same folks who mostly broke for Obama?

sharrukin on March 10, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I would say that the Catholics that vote in the Republican primary are slightly different than the Catholics in general. ;)

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

If Romney wins both of these states, and he appears to have a good shot at it, both of these men need to step aside. They’ll only hurt our chances come November by staying in, wasting money and damaging Romney.

jan3 on March 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Kansas Caucus Results 15% counted

Santorum 52%
Romney 18%
Gingrich 19%
Paul 11%

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

..not to rub salt in anyone’s wounds, just by way if informing:

Kansas is one of two states and three territories to hold caucuses Saturday, and the Jayhawk State awards the most delegates of the five contests, with 40 delegates at stake. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron PaulPaul are contesting there, while Newt Gingrich continues to focus on the Southern states – and Mitt Romney hasn’t spent time there.

Wyoming, which provides 29 delegates, also holds its caucuses today, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands, which will award 9 delegates. Caucuses in Wyoming began earlier in the week and a straw poll held nearly two weeks ago showed Mitt Romney in the lead.

Because Santorum has campaigned in Kansas (which has a significant presence of evangelical and socially conservative voters), he is expected to do well, but no polling has been conducted in the state to confirm or deny the candidate’s strength.

Guam and the Northern Marianas also held their caucuses, and Romney won both contests, obtaining 9 delegates from each. In Guam, all 215 participants raised their hand in support of the former Massachusetts governor, and in the Northern Marianas, he won 87 percent of the 848 votes cast.

Romney’s son Matt campaigned in both Guam and the Northern Marianas for his father.

..from the hated CBS.

The War Planner on March 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Kansas Caucus Results 28% counted

Santorum 53%
Romney 17%
Gingrich 18%
Paul 11%

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Mitt won the N. Marianas and Guam.

It’s over. I don’t submit.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Rogainguy. Did you miss something? Heve you ever listened to what Gingrich has had to say? Are you capable of understanding english as a language? Gingrich and big government???? He is the only candidate running who has decreased the size of government when he was involved in same. Running one’s mouth is easy if one is not aware of the facts. Compare and contrast the records of these candidates. Rather, have someone competent do it for you as by you post here, you need help. Don’t think Gingrich referred to black children rather those who are living in poverty. A job after school accomplishes a couple of things. One, it puts money in the kids pocket. Second, it teaches a work ethic. What is Romneys solution? More welfare?

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on March 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Heh, Mario looks more feminine.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

..dincha just love them bedroom slippers?

The War Planner on March 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

VERY, very interesting.

This link is worth the read. These are the SUPERPAC kings that are funding a large part of the ads/support. Adelson is mentioned (he’s Jewish and apparently dedicated to keeping Santorum from being the nominee). There are also quite a few other faces. Including a supporter of Ron Paul who wants to build islands off of California.

It was worth the time to read. And I didn’t detect any bias/spin either way.

http://www.businessinsider.com/11-richest-super-pac-donors-bankrolling-republican-race-2012-3?op=1

PappyD61 on March 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

In many ways I despise Newt and his Big Government solutions to even the smallest problems (i.e. putting black children to work as janitors in schools to solve some social ailment or another.) But the one thing I like about him is that we both want Romney to win. Why else would he stay in the race until Tampa, knowing he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of winning?

rogaineguy on March 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Seek psychiatric help. You want small gov’t but you are for Mitt?

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

OT

Nicole Wallace was responsible for one of the great blunders in political advance work of modern media history.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/back-stab_633411.html

by way of drudge

SparkPlug on March 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I would say that the Catholics that vote in the Republican primary are slightly different than the Catholics in general. ;)

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Open primaries and far too many Republicans who voted for Obama last go around make me suspicious.

sharrukin on March 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I hope he stays. He’s the only one out there saying what needs to be said. And at this point I don’t see how Santorum is any better than Romney because of the union issue.

Rose on March 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

The other three candidates are amateurs when compared with the genius of Newt.

Gingrich is this country’s only hope for recovery from the Obama debacle.

Romney is too liberal/moderate and Santorum’s own words will trip him up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELbCuLEe7Sw&feature=player_embedded

IndeCon on March 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Funny how Rick is not winning Catholics. Just the anit-mormon evangelicals.

rubberneck on March 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I wouldn’t assume that just because a lot of Evangelicals are voting for Santorum that they’re anti-Mormon. They may simply trust him more, connect with him better, or align with him socially. Let’s not automatically assume that just because someone is voting for Santorum or Newt over Romney, they’re anti-Mormon.

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

from what I’ve heard at church the general consensus is…..at this point if Satan was a Conservative and running against Obama they’d have to vote Lucifer.

So I don’t think it’s religion with Mitt. It might be, might be, that he’s a PROGRESSIVE.

PappyD61 on March 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

The War Planner on March 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

You could get me banned on the topic of classless wide-larded…but better not. We need to meet at the barricades, recall.

However, thanks for making my day. How anyone, especially the European oh-so-erudite and advanced…find her elegant and classy is totally beyond reason. Looking at her makes sound brains go “what the…?”. She has zero sense and exposes/emphasizes that which sane people would cover up. Those short sweaters are for kids, below 5.

Still, her ugliest characteristic is her soul. Just believe me. I know a lot about her. It is uuuuugly.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM

PPP says Alabama is a three-way tie on their first day of polling with Mitt slightly in the lead, whereas Mississippi is a Romney/Gingrich contest (with Romney slightly leading) and Santorum falling back significantly.

FYI and all.

Esoteric on March 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Much as PPP is dissed here, it came closest to the proportion of the votes and winning margin in Ohio (37 Romney and 36 Santorum) in the final poll it released on 3/1/12.

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

And, TWP, the belts…Taliban.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Kansas Caucus Results 38% counted

Santorum 54%
Romney 17%
Gingrich 17%
Paul 11%

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Great summation of the meaning of places like Guam and M. Islands:

“But Romney’s sweeps in the obscure caucuses are part of the reason that the Republican professional class has begun to write off the nomination. With the exception of a strong showing in the non-binding Minnesota caucuses, the victories of Romney’s main rival, Rick Santorum, have been symbolic; Romney’s victories and second-place finishes have brought him the currency of the nomination fight, delegates.

Now Romney, with 481 delegates by the Washington Post’s (necessarily fuzzy) count, has more than his rivals’ combined, and more than twice what Santorum has. As the race wears on, delegates matter more and momentum matters less.

Here’s a list that illustrates that point: These are the states in order of the margin between Romney and Santorum. This isn’t a perfect measure — Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are excluded, but their delegates too go to the convention, and what’s more many delegates aren’t technically “bound” to a candidate but it’s an illustration of how Romney is putting Santorum away.

Florida: Romney +50
Virginia: Romney +43
Massachusetts: Romney +41
Minnesota: Santorum +37
Idaho: Romney +32
Arizona: Romney +29
Washington: Romney +25
Tennessee: Santorum +15
Ohio: Romney +14
Georgia: Romney +12
Maine: Romney +12
Nevada: Romney +11
Northern Marianas: Romney +9
Guam: Romney +9
Colorado: Santorum +9
New Hampshire: Romney +7
Vermont: Romney +5
South Carolina: Romney +2
North Dakota: Santorum +4
Iowa: Santorum +2
Michigan: Romney +2
Alaska: Romney +1
Oklahoma: Santorum +1
Santorum’s big win in Iowa is near the bottom; his upset victory in North Dakota is basically a curiousity. Romney, meanwhile, won a huge delegate cache from his boring triumphs in Massachusetts and Virginia, and from his sweep in the obscure and complex Idaho caucuses. His two wins in the Pacific Islands this week mean more than Oklahoma, Iowa, Colorado, and North Dakota combined.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/how-mitt-guamney-is-putting-santorum-away

THIS. is how you run a Presidential campaign.

Also along with the MS and AL campaign that people are forgetting is HI and America Samoa delivering a total of 29 Delegates which will likely go Romney’s way as well along with the proportions of MS and AL…Romney will continue to gain delegates with RS and NG having no shot at catching him.

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Newt’s a really bright guy but he’s not connecting with the voters. He’s never do something like press secretary or chief of staff, but what about Secretary of Energy? I think he’d be outstanding.

There should be rule if you get 0 votes in a state your campaign is automatically terminated…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

That would eliminate all, which w/b good.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Was there a state where Mitt got 0 votes? Not snarking-truly don’t recall one.

talkingpoints on March 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

cmsinaz on March 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Ron Paul will linger on like a crusty barnacle latching onto a steamship.

Myron Falwell on March 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Newt is in denial. He is starting to look delusional to me.

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 3:09 PM

And he’s still got the highly populated northeastern states to go. It’s over then.

jeanie on March 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Sorry, I believe that evangelicals most vote against Romney cause of mormonism. The language of evangelical leaders support this. Just as I believe blacks vote for Obama cause he’s black.

rubberneck on March 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

So, why is Gingrich still running?

Pork-Chop on March 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

(he’s Jewish and apparently dedicated to keeping Santorum from being the nominee).

PappyD61 on March 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Why did you offer this? None was in the article, that I could see, nor why would it matter that he’s Jewish?

Or, are all who are not for Mitt not legit donors?

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Was there a state where Mitt got 0 votes? Not snarking-truly don’t recall one.

talkingpoints on March 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

TP…
Just checked for you and MN was THE only state so far Romney received ZERO delegates. Every where else he has rec’d some delegates.

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Nicole Wallace, former BUSH Communications Adviser and “Senior McCain” aide didn’t even vote for McCain/Palin?

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-last-word/46676748/#46676748

What a backstabbing little witch.

And Steve Schmidt for that matter as well. McCain would have been a HORRIBLE President and would have dragged us into Syria and all kinds of other crap for us to lose more American lives. He sure knew how to pick scum for Advisers.

Nicole Wallace………….wowzer.

PappyD61 on March 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Kansas Caucus Results 47% counted

Santorum 53%
Romney 18%
Gingrich 17%
Paul 12%

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

THIS………Romney Nomination Insurance.

I wonder if this Adelson is a friend of the Donald Trump?

PappyD61 on March 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Adelson is big time pro Israel. His chief goal is to get Barry out. He said after NV, when he quietly turn off the spigot to Newt, that he will support Romney generously in due time. His sudden and unexpected 10 million to Newt after CO, MO and MN to keep him viable is clearly anti-Santorum.

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

So, why is Gingrich still running?

Pork-Chop on March 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

To tell Obama what the others don’t have the steel to do.

Ironically, he keeps Mitt afloat, though Mitt bludgeoned him.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Not sure why you are pushing to the Kansas vote count. Everyone and his brother knew Rick was going to win this. Guess what, Romney has won everything else today (well Virgin Islands is still unknown)…but Romney is going to walk away with more delegates today.

rubberneck on March 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Was there a state where Mitt got 0 votes? Not snarking-truly don’t recall one.

talkingpoints on March 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Nope…Romney’s finished either 1st or 2nd in every state which has had a primary/caucus except North Dakota and Minnesota (where he finished 3rd in both)

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

This week he just gave Newt a bunch of dough. He never, quietly, or otherwise, turned the spigot off. Read the article before you make things look Mitt-advantageous.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Was there a state where Mitt got 0 votes? Not snarking-truly don’t recall one.

talkingpoints on March 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I doubt it, getting 0 votes is just as unprobable as getting all the votes(providing other candidates are on the ballot)

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 3:14 PM

(he’s Jewish and apparently dedicated to keeping Santorum from being the nominee).

PappyD61 on March 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Why did you offer this? None was in the article, that I could see, nor why would it matter that he’s Jewish?

Or, are all who are not for Mitt not legit donors?

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

He’s Jewish, and some Jews have a problem with Evangelicals. The same way if noticed there were quite a few Mormons supporting Mitt even though Mitt has been “pro-choice” and been a self described Progressive. Sometimes people support people based on religious convictions and not on policy.

PappyD61 on March 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Sorry, I believe that evangelicals most vote against Romney cause of mormonism. The language of evangelical leaders support this. Just as I believe blacks vote for Obama cause he’s black.

rubberneck on March 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

In the exit polling that I’ve seen, Mitt beats Santorum among Catholics, and loses among those for whom having the same religious beliefs are important. I believe that this latter group is largely comprised of evangelicals. However, while I think that evangelicals would prefer a non-Mormon Christian, I suspect that they would vote for Romeny over Obama in a second…

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Was there a state where Mitt got 0 votes? Not snarking-truly don’t recall one.

talkingpoints on March 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Votes don’t matter. They are for the lefties to count.

Electorates do.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I doubt it, getting 0 votes is just as unprobable as getting all the votes(providing other candidates are on the ballot)

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Those numbers I originally posted for Wyoming haven’t changed. The count still stands at 42% counted.

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

May Nicole Wallace get hers, and she will.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

In the exit polling that I’ve seen, Mitt beats Santorum among Catholics, and loses among those for whom having the same religious beliefs are important. I believesuspect that this latter group is largely comprised of evangelicals. However, while I think that evangelicals would prefer a non-Mormon Christian, I suspect that they would vote for Romeny over Obama in a second…

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

In the exit polling that I’ve seen, Mitt beats Santorum among Catholics, and loses among those for whom having the same religious beliefs are important. I believe that this latter group is largely comprised of evangelicals. However, while I think that evangelicals would prefer a non-Mormon Christian, I suspect that they would vote for Romeny over Obama in a second…

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Yup. If you look at a lot at some of these states, Romney loses out to Santorum, but in the general election polls, he actually does better than Santorum.

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Sometimes people support people based on religious convictions and not on policy.

PappyD61 on March 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Really? Wow, they s/b locked up.

He is for the protection of Israel, always was. One can’t blame him for that. She needs him. Obama sure isn’t.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Not sure why you are pushing to the Kansas vote count. Everyone and his brother knew Rick was going to win this. Guess what, Romney has won everything else today (well Virgin Islands is still unknown)…but Romney is going to walk away with more delegates today.

rubberneck on March 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

It’s going to be close but Santorum gets close to 40 delegates in Kansas, he will have won more delegates today…

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/republican_delegate_count.html

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM

He could never be a press secretary, though. He’s a loose cannon: absolutely the worst possible person for that sort of job in this modern media era (especially as a Republican).

Esoteric on March 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I agree, but his press conferences would be awesome.

Priscilla on March 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Yup. If you look at a lot at some of these states, Romney loses out to Santorum, but in the general election polls, he actually does better than Santorum.

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

It also bears noting that I wouldn’t necessarily conclude that an evangelical preferring a non-Mormon is a bigot. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with preferring a candidate with a similar worldview/religion. ISome of them might be bigots, but I doubt that all of them are.)

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Was there a state where Mitt got 0 votes? Not snarking-truly don’t recall one.

talkingpoints on March 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Votes don’t matter. They are for the lefties to count.

Electorates do.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

See my post at 3:11pm

MN – O Delegates…the only one.

Romney is the ONLY one to compete in EVERY state in some way either through radio, tv, mailers, appearances, etc. like a TRUE candidate should who is asking to be OUR POTUS.

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Unlike Seven Percent Solution, Newt is smart enough to know he already has lost. He is in it for other reasons at this point.

Jailbreak on March 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

As I have said before…

… Newt is pushing the issues of the day.

While Mittens was talking about trees, and Ricko was having issues with your brethren in teh ghey community, Newt was hammering Obowma on his failed energy, economic, and foreign policies…

… Strange how everyone is talking about that today.

The reason why the political elite ruling class on both sides don’t want Newt to win, or even stay in the race, is because he knows what agencies, bureaucracies, policies, regulations, lobbyists, and departments that have caused the problems we are facing today down to the individuals…

… He has a plan to hold these individuals accountable, holding them down by force and ripping out their teeth with a pair of pliers if he has to, to give the power back to the people.

I just don’t see that tenacity in Mittens…

… Ricko, maybe.

The longer Newt stays in the race, the longer his message gets out…

… He may not win, but if his plan and policies are adopted, it’s a win for the Country.

Hang in there Newt…!!!

By the way Jailbreak…

… Most of us here know you are a shill for Obowma pretending to be a supporter of Mittens.

Why don’t you wipe that man goo off your chin and just come out of the closet already…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

He has big ideas and is the second coming of The Gipper. Things will start to break his way,..any day now

a capella on March 10, 2012 at 3:24 PM

By the way Jailbreak…

… Most of us here know you are a shill for Obowma pretending to be a supporter of Mittens.

Why don’t you wipe that man goo off your chin and just come out of the closet already…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

This!

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

OT

Nicole Wallace was responsible for one of the great blunders in political advance work of modern media history.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/back-stab_633411.html

by way of drudge

SparkPlug on March 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Kind of Nixsonian. Wallace and Schmidt it’s all about the CYA.

Dr Evil on March 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Can someone tell me why Newt is still in???

Is it his ego???

Does he have some sort of plan???

What is it that motivates this man to say in a race when he has won 2 of 24 states???

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Nicole Wallace was responsible for one of the great blunders in political advance work of modern media history.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/back-stab_633411.html

by way of drudge

SparkPlug on March 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Who didn’t know it was Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt that started the whole “wardrobe scandal” and then were the sources for all the other “dirt” that came out about Mrs. Palin????

SouthernGent on March 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

It’s going to be close but Santorum gets close to 40 delegates in Kansas, he will have won more delegates today…

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/republican_delegate_count.html

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM

He gets the delegates but Romney picks up 18 from last night and also while RS is concentrating on MS and AL Samoa and HI also offer 29 delegates…so Romney may sweep all 4 States.

Bottom line is that as RS picks up possibly 40 here, it is only a net gain of about 22 because of Romney’s 18 last night and what will also get from WY today. This is why the MATH is against RS and NG.

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Kind of Nixsonian. Wallace and Schmidt it’s all about the CYA.

Dr Evil on March 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I’m not a big Palin fan, but when it comes to honor and loyalty, neither one holds a candle to Palin.

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

If Alabama and Mississippi aren’t must wins… what’s Gingrich going to do – Ron Paul the election?!?

The Nerve on March 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Newt must see a viable strategy to win or at the very least influencing the party platform. Right now I am supporting Newt.

diogenes on March 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Hang in there, Newt, Mitt Romney is counting on you.

Romney/West 2012 because Romney took MA from a 3 billion dollar deficit to a 500 million dollar surplus.

NickDeringer on March 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Can someone tell me why Newt is still in???

Is it his ego???

Does he have some sort of plan???

What is it that motivates this man to say in a race when he has won 2 of 24 states???

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

A personal vendetta against Mitt.

Period. The. End.

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

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