‘Math isn’t adding up,’ Gingrich delegate says
March 25th, 2012
01:34 AM ET
3 years ago

‘Math isn’t adding up,’ Gingrich delegate says

(CNN) – As the delegate count has become increasingly stacked against Newt Gingrich, the candidate has stood by his pledge to carry the fight to the Republican convention this summer, or at least until a GOP nominee is determined.

But after the former House speaker’s third place finish in Louisiana on Saturday, one amongst his slate of possible delegates called him a “one trick pony in the South.”

“I think at a certain point - and it’s probably going to be in the near term rather than the long term - that Newt Gingrich is going to step aside, because he has only won two contests,” Crystal Wright, a Washington, D.C., delegate for Gingrich, said on CNN Saturday night.

“The math isn’t adding up and he’s going to go down looking like a spoiler,” she added.

Wright appears on Gingrich’s slate as one of the delegates who would represent him at the GOP convention in Tampa should he win delegates in the District of Columbia primary. Voters there go to the polls on April 3.

With each passing contest, the delegate math has stacked higher against Gingrich, who has claimed first place in only South Carolina and Georgia, his home state.

No candidate is close to the magic 1,144 required to seal the nomination, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads with 563, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has 259, Gingrich is in third with 137, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul trails with 71.

Gingrich has argued that he was performing better before he faced millions of dollars in negative advertising from the main pro-Romney super PAC, which he says slowed his progress in Iowa.

Considering the numbers, Wright told CNN’s Don Lemon that “just because I’m a Newt delegate does not mean I’m not a realist.”

“Newt has only won two of the, well, 28 contests now,” she said. “He won South Carolina and Georgia, and that does not a GOP nominee make, okay? I’m frustrated. I think Newt is really the best candidate with the best message. He’s talking about the right things – energy, getting the economy back on track – but organization and fundraising does matter and that’s where Newt has fallen woefully short.”

Wright discounted Santorum’s win in Louisiana on Saturday, saying he is “living in an illusion,” and that the elements do not add up for him to win the nomination either.

“The math is not there and the voters are not there for him across all groups,” she said. “Romney is actually more and more sealing the deal, winning across more groups than Rick Santorum: women, men, working class vote he got in Illinois.”

Prior to the Louisiana vote, Gingrich needed 1,007 delegates to win the nomination, or 82% of those still to be decided. Romney needed only 47% of those which remain, and Santorum, 72%.

Gingrich's campaign did not respond to requests from CNN for comment.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. IronKnuckle

    I think Washington DC is winner-take-all, which means she is unlikely to be a delegate to the convention.

    March 25, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Here's some more math that doesn't add up: Ron Paul won in the Virgin Islands, but they gave all the delegates to Mittens? Weeks later, Iowa took a delegate from Sanitorium and gave it to Mittens. And the recent Missouri caucus was shut down because it was getting so out of hand that the organizers called the police.

    I'm not making this up; do an Internet search and you'll see just how nutso these people have become in their frantic, desperate try to regain power, knowing that they've got NOTHING to offer us!

    And Newtsie is the perfect poster boy for this delusional "party"!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 25, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  3. Thomas

    Newt needs to find a real job !

    March 25, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  4. Frank

    I'm confused, I thought we American's vote and support those who we believe represents our values? This race has become nothing but Reality TV and a horse race....

    March 25, 2012 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  5. Just a leap

    Look at the nose on newts wife..witches are real people....

    March 25, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  6. Just a leap

    I'm flagged again. No first amendment at CNN

    March 25, 2012 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  7. Marlee

    Maybe he will hang in for a VP spot. I don't think the usual GOP is going to beat Obama. I hope not, they spend too much borrowed money on special interests.

    March 25, 2012 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  8. s

    GO HOME YO LOOSER

    March 25, 2012 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  9. Diana

    This adulterer is not fit to stand for President of the United States of America.
    His adulteress wife # 3 is not fit to be First Lady of the United States of America.

    March 25, 2012 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  10. clarke

    It is time for Newt to step down. Count his blessings and move on and enjoy his life with his family. There is a saying, "you can't teach an old dog, new tricks". I only say that because, I am an old dog.

    March 25, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  11. Tania

    All 4 left standing can't hold a candle to President Obama, especially on Foreign Policy. Mitt-etch was looking like another Palin yesterday & dodged the question with his usual I DON T HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION EXCUSE. Not enough info after how many years he has been running?

    March 25, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  12. Alexander Weisberg

    From the interview it was crystal clear that Crystal Wright is for Romney, and it was not right to portrait Wright as a Gingrich delegate. If she is still technically a Newt's delegate, she is confused and not right because ideologically and mentally she is completely in Mitt's camp. You do not need a magic crystal to see that Crystal's language, including body language, is xerox copy of Andrea Saul's. On the contrary, true Gingrich's delegates will stay with him all the way for the same reason the buy Tide to wash their clothes: Newt is a tested brand, with great accomplishments in the past. and he is the most talented of all five (including Obama).

    March 25, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  13. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    "Math is hard!"

    -Barbie Gingrich.

    March 25, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |