Gingrich Florida-bound after South Carolina
January 18th, 2012
09:24 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich Florida-bound after South Carolina

Easley, South Carolina (CNN) - Newt Gingrich said Wednesday he's going to Florida even if he comes in second place behind Mitt Romney in South Carolina's Saturday primary.

Asked by a reporter if Florida is "definitely a go," the presidential candidate replied: "Oh sure."

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Gingrich pointed to comments made Tuesday by Republican political strategist Karl Rove, who suggested the former House speaker move on to compete in the next nominating state even if Romney beats him on Saturday.

After a town hall at Mutt's BBQ in Easley, Gingrich repeated Rove's prediction that Romney won't "just squeak out a victory" in South Carolina.

"Remember there is no poll that shows Romney beating the combination of the three conservatives. None," Gingrich added. "And it's pretty clear as you get down to one conservative that that conservative is going to have a 60-40 advantage, or 65-35 advantage over Romney. "

While a new CNN/Time/ORC International poll indicated 33% of likely South Carolina GOP primary voters would back Romney, 23% said they would support Gingrich.

The former Massachusetts governor's 10-point advantage over the former House speaker is down from a 19-point lead two weeks ago.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Karl Rove • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. T'sah From Virginia

    Well, where else would he go? He will go to Florida and spread all of his racist remarks and get an applause from the far-RIGHT followers and audiences and then he will move on to the next "southern" state where he feels he can get away with his arrogant "nasty" behavior – the type of behavior the far-RIGHT enjoy. Too bad that is all far it would go!!

    Obama 2012!

    January 18, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. truindep

    if Romney is the nominated I vote for Romney – if Gingrich is nominated I vote for Gingrich – If Paul is nominated I vote for Paul NO OBAMA 2012 !!!!

    January 18, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Keep heading south, and when you hit water....KEEP GOING!

    January 18, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  4. Conrack

    Time to visit some of his fellow reptiles in the Everglades.

    January 18, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. Brian

    Who's to say that their second choice is always Newters!? I think most indicate that their second choice would go to Romney, so in essence, everyone is splitting votes with everyone. You don't ask others to drop out to win an election, you win it by . . . winning it, getting more votes than your comrad.

    January 18, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. Art Barnes

    Mr Gingrich, go man go , the old saying from B.R. Lakin from W.Va. Preacher, told a friend Preacher of mine, when we were in Decatur, Ga, this man was being critized by every Church in Atlanta, about fundemental baptist, and were complaining about our Bus Ministry, and other things , so my Pastor ask this famous Evangelist what to do, and he said :Quote: AS LONG AS THEY ARE KICKING YOU IN THE REAR, THEN YOU KNOW YOU STILL HAVE THE LEAD. AMEN, GO MR. GINGRICH GO MAN GO.

    January 18, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Penobscot

    What else does he have to do? He's a book salesman. He's already lost the nomination.

    January 18, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    BY the time Florida comes around it will leave only Romney, Gingrich and Paul. After that and some more shall we say tea party states and more heavily religious states will we see whether Republicans as whole see the economy/ jobs as important or just defeating Obama and a heavy Republican oriented social agenda as key.
    If it's the latter strategy(s) I think they will lose.
    Romney looks good to Republicans on that basis but I believe he loses many independents because of his wealth,rather than not concentrating enough on the economy and jobs and meaningless debates on DEBT/budget deficit because both sides refuse to compromise.
    Those latter need tax increases and spending cuts.Romneys achillees heel is his unfunded increased defense spend and effectively declaring economic war on China as well as Iran, both futile, costly in economic terms and will fail.

    January 18, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  9. JT

    Finally a state large enough for his head.

    January 19, 2012 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  10. Namejkane fl

    If you want your mom and dad kicked off soc sec Medicare , medicade food stamps and get your families deported, vote for any of the republican clowns!!!

    January 19, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |