Gripes Aside, Newt Gingrich Poised to Win Conservatives

Conservative leaders, wishing for a Reagan clone but stuck with flawed Republican presidential candidates in 2012, are readying to back Newt Gingrich, especially if he gets caught in a prolonged primary fight with Mitt Romney, according to sources. [Rivals Put Gingrich in Crosshairs.]

“If there are three choices, [President] Obama, Mitt and Newt, conservatives would have to go with Newt,” said a conservative leader.

Some 60 conservative titans, called together by longtime leader and fundraiser Richard Viguerie, met with Gingrich on Tuesday but didn’t offer any endorsements afterward. In fact, many suggested that they might withhold endorsing this year because they don’t trust Romney and are jittery about Gingrich.