(Image source: The LA Times )


BY CIDNEY KING

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

He campaigned hard — but Newt Gingrich couldn’t pull off a win in the southern states of Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night. But that’s not keeping him from pushing forward. KXTV has more.

“Gingrich — whose aides had suggested he needed to win both southern states to continue — said he’s not going anywhere. Instead he’s turning his sharp tongue towards the press and Romney.”

In his non-concession after the second-place finish — Gingrich told a crowd of supporters he’s headed all the way to Tampa — where the party’s nominating convention will take place.

GINGRICH:

“I emphasize going to Tampa because one of the things tonight proved is that the elite media’s effort to convince the nation that Mitt Romney is inevitable just collapsed."

Despite his resolve — an analyst tells KGW calls for the former House speaker to drop out will soon intensify.

“He’s likely to get some advice from some fellow conservatives in the next couple of days..that look you’ve only won in two places. Get out of the way, let Santorum have a clear field to take on Mitt Romney.”

Gingrich has won two states so far — South Carolina early on — and his home state of Georgia. But with bleak prospects going forward, critics are wondering — why is Gingrich staying in? Conservative blog Red State’s Erick Erickson says it’s all about his ego.

“Gingrich’s final act could be king maker by getting out and endorsing, but pride cometh before the fall. Gingrich is in mid fall. … All we need is Haley Joel Osment and M. Night Shyamalan to point out to him he is dead.”

The Wall Street Journal goes on to say Gingrich can’t let go of what might be the end of his political career.

“He has grand political ambitions that didn't end with his tenure as House speaker in the 1990s. After years earning a lucrative living as a consultant, his friends say, Mr. Gingrich wants a final chapter in public life, and this is likely his last bid for public office.”

But political correspondent David Brody tells the Christian Broadcasting Network Gingrich may have something up his sleeve by not backing out — a shot at an open convention.

“If he stays in the race and he splits the vote with Santorum, here’s what he does Pat. He prevents Romney from getting to the 1,444 mark. So actually staying in the race is advantageous if you’re Newt Gingrich.”

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Mar 14, 2012

Gingrich Ignores Calls to Drop Out

(Image source: The LA Times )


BY CIDNEY KING

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

He campaigned hard — but Newt Gingrich couldn’t pull off a win in the southern states of Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night. But that’s not keeping him from pushing forward. KXTV has more.

“Gingrich — whose aides had suggested he needed to win both southern states to continue — said he’s not going anywhere. Instead he’s turning his sharp tongue towards the press and Romney.”

In his non-concession after the second-place finish — Gingrich told a crowd of supporters he’s headed all the way to Tampa — where the party’s nominating convention will take place.

GINGRICH:

“I emphasize going to Tampa because one of the things tonight proved is that the elite media’s effort to convince the nation that Mitt Romney is inevitable just collapsed."

Despite his resolve — an analyst tells KGW calls for the former House speaker to drop out will soon intensify.

“He’s likely to get some advice from some fellow conservatives in the next couple of days..that look you’ve only won in two places. Get out of the way, let Santorum have a clear field to take on Mitt Romney.”

Gingrich has won two states so far — South Carolina early on — and his home state of Georgia. But with bleak prospects going forward, critics are wondering — why is Gingrich staying in? Conservative blog Red State’s Erick Erickson says it’s all about his ego.

“Gingrich’s final act could be king maker by getting out and endorsing, but pride cometh before the fall. Gingrich is in mid fall. … All we need is Haley Joel Osment and M. Night Shyamalan to point out to him he is dead.”

The Wall Street Journal goes on to say Gingrich can’t let go of what might be the end of his political career.

“He has grand political ambitions that didn't end with his tenure as House speaker in the 1990s. After years earning a lucrative living as a consultant, his friends say, Mr. Gingrich wants a final chapter in public life, and this is likely his last bid for public office.”

But political correspondent David Brody tells the Christian Broadcasting Network Gingrich may have something up his sleeve by not backing out — a shot at an open convention.

“If he stays in the race and he splits the vote with Santorum, here’s what he does Pat. He prevents Romney from getting to the 1,444 mark. So actually staying in the race is advantageous if you’re Newt Gingrich.”

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