(CNN) – The chair of the primary super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich’s presidential candidacy pledged Friday to continue their efforts as long as Gingrich remains in the race.
“Newt Gingrich is in charge, we’ll follow his lead and we’ll stay in as long as he wants,” Rick Tyler told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on CNN’s “John King, USA.”
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Gingrich has said he will remain in the race collecting delegates for the Republican convention this summer in Tampa. He and the other GOP candidates who lag frontrunner Mitt Romney in the delegate count – Rick Santorum and Ron Paul – have said they are looking to pick up additional delegates through county- and state-level conventions, as well as upcoming contests and changes to allocation rules in states which have yet to vote.
Republican party officials and experts have said those scenarios, including some outlined in a Santorum campaign internal memo obtained by CNN on Thursday, are unlikely.
Tyler said fundraising “has been a challenge,” but his committee will continue advertising in support of Gingrich.
“I think the objective would be to get as many delegates going to Tampa as possible,” he said.
Romney has over half of the 1,144 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination, according to the most recent CNN estimate. He has 659, Santorum has 275, Gingrich has 140, and Paul has 71. To win the nomination, Gingrich would have to collect 88% of those delegates which have not yet been apportioned.