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Gingrich Says He May Stay in Race Even if Romney Takes S.C.
National Journal ^ | Tuesday January 17, 2012

Posted on 01/17/2012 10:43:04 AM PST by Bigtigermike

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich said on CBS This Morning on Tuesday that he will likely not drop out of the race should front-runner Mitt Romney win the state’s primary on Saturday.  

The deciding factor, Gingrich said, will be Romney’s margin of victory. “If he’s at 25 or 30 [percent], we’re still in a serious race,” Gingrich said. “If he gets up to 40 or 45, you have to be realistic.”

But Gingrich said he “didn’t see any evidence” that Romney would sweep the state. Last week, Gingrich said Romney would be the likely nominee if he wins South Carolina.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2012; newtgingrich; romney; southcarolina
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1 posted on 01/17/2012 10:43:15 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

I sure hope he does.


2 posted on 01/17/2012 10:45:11 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Bigtigermike
Could we at least have a few primaries where only Republicans can vote in the Republican Primary before someone is anointed? And maybe a few that aren't held in mini-states?

ML/NJ

3 posted on 01/17/2012 10:46:34 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: Bigtigermike

“National Journal” is an “Inside-the-DC-Beltway” “Rommneyite” RAG!


4 posted on 01/17/2012 10:47:20 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I would think surely his people and counselors are telling him to stay in. After last night, it’s clear that he needs to stay in until it’s one on one with Romney.

It would be good for Romney also. If he can beat Newt one on one, he can beat Obama. It will be training for Romney.

On the other hand, Newt will win the election, because no one has been paying attention yet. Only .6 of the electorate has voted. Only a handful of delegates decided.


5 posted on 01/17/2012 10:48:29 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: Bigtigermike

I WANT him to stay in and keep on expressing what I believe. He knows that this election is strictly along ideological lines. It is the Constitution party vs the What Constitution? party. Newt is able to enunciate this. The others are not. The Dems REFUSE to enunciate their core beliefs because they are nauseating to Americans. Newt is able to point those core beliefs out for all to see.

That is why we need him, baggage notwithstanding.


6 posted on 01/17/2012 10:49:51 AM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Obviously Romney and Paul are in it to the end. The only question is who will emerge as the not-Romney? If Perry and Santorum perform poorly on Saturday, then the anti-Romney will be be Newt. Newt’s debate performance last night-—especially the encounter with Juan Williams——virtually assures Newt will come in first or second. Ron Paul gave his worst debate performance EVER. Sounded like a cross between George McGovern and Tom Hayden.


7 posted on 01/17/2012 10:50:16 AM PST by Cousin It
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To: Bigtigermike

Why would anyone drop out early with the new Proportional Delegate scheme the GOP has in place this year? I don’t see anyone dropping out, except for maybe Perry, till after FL.


8 posted on 01/17/2012 10:50:34 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Perry has said he’s in through Florida no matter how he does in SC. What does that tell you?


9 posted on 01/17/2012 10:51:49 AM PST by rintense
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To: Bigtigermike

Good reasoning on Newt’s part.... Anything around 40 percent shows that Romney has finally managed to push through the anti Romney ceiling. At 25 percent, he is still beatable, providing either Newt or Santorum could run unopposed on the other side.


10 posted on 01/17/2012 10:52:12 AM PST by pallis
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I do also.


11 posted on 01/17/2012 10:52:51 AM PST by the lastbestlady (I now believe that we have two lives; the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Newt takes SC. If he can destroy Romney with real attacks, he can knock out Romney next week.


12 posted on 01/17/2012 10:53:46 AM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Bigtigermike

After Gingrich takes S.C. his munbers will go sky high.


13 posted on 01/17/2012 10:56:19 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Bigtigermike
The general public will not vote for Newt Gingrich. That is just a fact and the polls show he has a 28% approval rating with the general public. He has himself to blame not just for his actions this year, but his immoral behavior way back.
14 posted on 01/17/2012 11:02:16 AM PST by Hattie
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To: Bigtigermike

Iowa and New Hampshire were proportional in the delegates distributed after the votes. So Mr. Gingrich has delegates to take to the convention. He should stay in until the delegate count is unbeatable. Not the vote count of one or two small states.


15 posted on 01/17/2012 11:04:59 AM PST by political1 (Love your neighbors)
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To: Bigtigermike

The Newt that showed up lat night was great. I enjoyed watching him stomp a mud hole in Juan (race baiter) Williams.


16 posted on 01/17/2012 11:06:34 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Bigtigermike

It all depends on the money.

Meanwhile, South Carolina, it’s up to you to take the spirit of last night’s debate into the voting booth on Saturday and keep a non-Romney option alive.


17 posted on 01/17/2012 11:08:20 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Hattie
The general public will not vote for Newt Gingrich.

That must be why the dems and the MSM are so scared of him and don't want him as the nominee. One would think that they would do their best to give him the nomination. /s

18 posted on 01/17/2012 11:10:04 AM PST by Bobalu (Newt is just the a-hole we need at a time like this)
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To: Bigtigermike

I would say anyone in first,second, and even third should stay in at least until a closed primary.
Actually, I would include fourth place due to Paul (fake Republican)


19 posted on 01/17/2012 11:12:40 AM PST by Leep (Paul/Vantura 2016)
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To: nikos1121
"...it’s clear that he needs to stay in until it’s one on one with Romney."

It would be interesting to see where the votes would go in a one on one contest. I think it looks like Santorum, Perry and Newt are all drawing from the same pool. The Ron Paul pool is a different thing. Even if he drops out, I think most of his Paulestinians will just write him in as a protest and the votes will be lost, in effect going to the community organizer street agitator.

20 posted on 01/17/2012 11:13:03 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Hattie

His immoral behavior? Seriously? Sounds like a purist like you wouldn’t have even voted for Reagan. I mean, he was divorced, Nancy was knocked up before the wedding, and he used to be an actor (shudders) AND a Democrat (more shudders).

Mrs. Prince of Space


21 posted on 01/17/2012 11:17:15 AM PST by Prince of Space (Obama cares a lot about the poor. In fact, he wants to make more of them.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Reagan battled Ford all the way to the convention. We know Gingrich knows this. He was probably there.


22 posted on 01/17/2012 11:17:31 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: rintense

“Perry has said he’s in through Florida no matter how he does in SC. What does that tell you?”

It tells me that both Newt and Perry are more concerned with getting Romney elected then fighting for conservatives.


23 posted on 01/17/2012 11:24:10 AM PST by CSI007
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To: Hattie

“...but his immoral behavior way back.”

Shhhh, quiet down or you’ll be found out. I don’t think we’re supposed to know you’re here yet.

Be very carful, the last perfect man was Nailed to a Cross.


24 posted on 01/17/2012 11:24:27 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: Bigtigermike

If we can just get this honed down to Newt vs. Romney, I believe Newt will win it.


25 posted on 01/17/2012 11:33:47 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: ml/nj
Could we at least have a few primaries where only Republicans can vote in the Republican Primary before someone is anointed? And maybe a few that aren't held in mini-states?

Florida's primary is January 31. It is a closed primary (only registered Republicans can vote), and FL is the third largest states (and the largest swing state).

As of last week, over 400,000 FL Republicans have already cast their ballots by mail.
26 posted on 01/17/2012 11:35:21 AM PST by Happy Valley Dude
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To: Hattie

Oh, Shut up! You’re spoiling out party! lol


27 posted on 01/17/2012 11:39:26 AM PST by nikos1121
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28 posted on 01/17/2012 11:44:41 AM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: nikos1121

I am afraid Newt will pull a big left turn.And the media will say the old timer insider vs theone

you know; thewon that is going to disney world to tout some dumbass video prompter Hillary wants so more foreigners can go to disney.This will save us all as the MSM fawns :::VOMITING SARCASM:::


29 posted on 01/17/2012 11:51:16 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Lazlo in PA

Message and delivery counts in South Carolina to stop Romney. Money is the key to getting out of South Carolina.

$350,000 blankets South Carolina. Florida takes $20 million in coverage to defend your self, or to get your message out. And look at the delegate count difference.

Newt just got one single injection of 25 million out of Las Vegas, and has to get into that already to rehabilitate himself after the Iowa bath Romney gave him.

No one seems to realize how much money Romney has.


30 posted on 01/17/2012 11:52:58 AM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012/ Ron Paul is already Third Party, inside OUR Party.)
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To: Prince of Space

I checked out your information and you are right.

I didn’t know that. Ron and Nancy Reagan were married on March 4th of 1952, and their first child was born on Oct.21, 1952.

He was a great president even tho he was not a perfect person, imagine that! ;)


31 posted on 01/17/2012 11:54:50 AM PST by ConfidentConservative (If my people shall humble themselves and pray,I will hear from Heaven and heal their land.)
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To: Cousin It

Once Santorum and Perry are out we could see the pendulum swing back to Newt. I hope he sticks it out til Super Tues.


32 posted on 01/17/2012 11:55:05 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Baynative

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/17/romney-solidifying-lead-times-poll-finds/


33 posted on 01/17/2012 11:55:31 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Bigtigermike

Pretty shocking that this is even a topic of conversation at this stage, and that Newt even bothered to respond.


34 posted on 01/17/2012 11:57:18 AM PST by Will88
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To: rintense

Perry and Santorum by now after last night know who they are helping. Romney.

By the time they secede from the race, they can safely be seen endorsing Romney with no blow back because by then Romney will be the clear delegate winner.

And Virginia looms as a swing state where no conservative can compete.


35 posted on 01/17/2012 11:58:05 AM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012/ Ron Paul is already Third Party, inside OUR Party.)
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To: Bigtigermike
Just have to get it to a 2 man race.

Many people are excited about Newt because he is inspiring, uplifting. He needs to stay positive all of the time.

36 posted on 01/17/2012 11:59:14 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Bigtigermike

Newt is asking SC voters to do the math. The break out point was last night’s debate. The voters secured Romney or they fight back and vote for Newt. The rest are jungle brush that has to be cut away now to prevent the Romney cram down.

It is the math.


37 posted on 01/17/2012 12:01:24 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012/ Ron Paul is already Third Party, inside OUR Party.)
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To: Bigtigermike
GingrichRomney Says He May Stay in Race Even if RomneyGingrich Takes S.C.

There, fixed it.

38 posted on 01/17/2012 12:02:44 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: ml/nj

Open primaries has to be taken up at your precinct convention following the Tuesday primary elections. Be there and get it drafted for the county convention, and then from the county convention to the state party convention.


39 posted on 01/17/2012 12:04:05 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012/ Ron Paul is already Third Party, inside OUR Party.)
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To: Will88

read most especially the paragraphs titled: battle for number 2, we all may be screwed.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/17/romney-solidifying-lead-times-poll-finds/


40 posted on 01/17/2012 12:05:43 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Hattie; Jim Robinson
The general public will not vote for Newt Gingrich. That is just a fact and the polls show he has a 28% approval rating with the general public. He has himself to blame not just for his actions this year, but his immoral behavior way back.

Wouldn't you agree that Newt's negatives were sky high here on this board only a few weeks ago? Yet, who won our most recent straw poll? Newt did.

We are the cutting edge of conservative political operations. The rest of the conservative world will soon be coming to the Newt side.

41 posted on 01/17/2012 12:08:02 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Stay , decide after Super Tuesday


42 posted on 01/17/2012 12:08:29 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Bigtigermike

****The deciding factor, Gingrich said, will be Romney’s margin of victory. “If he’s at 25 or 30 [percent], we’re still in a serious race,” Gingrich said. “If he gets up to 40 or 45, you have to be realistic.”****

Too bad Newt is not a math professor:
i.e. There are two Romneys in the race.
If Romney reaches 40% it only means that 20% are voting for Romney the flipper and 20% are voting for Romnney the flopper.


43 posted on 01/17/2012 12:12:37 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

We are in mortal combat with the media. They are running a cram down operation, for free, to promote Romney and killing off any threats, one at a time.


44 posted on 01/17/2012 12:12:54 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012/ Ron Paul is already Third Party, inside OUR Party.)
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To: Cousin It
VRon Paul gave his worst debate performance EVER. Sounded like a cross between George McGovern and Tom Hayden.

Rupaul sounded like he was an 80 year old, tired guy, confused, had an idea...once upon a time...now just wants to go back to his mansion in Texas, take perry with him and rest his tired bones.

45 posted on 01/17/2012 12:13:57 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

I know the pundits and general political junkies are discussing all the not-Romney dropout possibilities, but it’s surprising that Newt, or anyone with any hope of a surge to challenge Romney, that any of them would seriously address dropping out at least until after Florida - definitely not before SC.


46 posted on 01/17/2012 12:14:06 PM PST by Will88
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To: Leep

Right now Newt’s in 4th.

If you want the top three in, that’s Romney - Santorum - Paul.


47 posted on 01/17/2012 12:15:34 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: sodpoodle

So if Newt loses he’s out? Works for me. I want someone who’s willing to fight Romney all the way, not someone who’s already setting the terms for his exit.

Doesn’t seem like Newt intends to fight beyond SC - he’s giving his supporters a chance to ease out.


48 posted on 01/17/2012 12:17:29 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: Bigtigermike

Hang in there, Newt!


49 posted on 01/17/2012 12:17:50 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

There are three principal groups vying for the GOP nomination.

1) The establishment-—Romney
2) The libertarians-—Paul
3) The conservative non-Romneys——Perry, Gingrich, and Santorum.

Unless the three non-Romneys unite behind one person, Romney will effortlessly cruise to the nomination.

It will probably be too late after SC and FL. Romney will easily win Nevada. If Romney has five straight victories in IA, NH, SC, FL, and NV, it’s basically over. If you want to stop Romney-—South Carolina is a must win for the non-Romneys-—which meand two of the non-Romneys must drop out and unite behind the remaining one. Looking at today’s latest polling data along with the debate performance last night. It seems to me that IMHO Gingrich will remain the last anti-Romney standing.


50 posted on 01/17/2012 12:21:30 PM PST by Cousin It
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