April 6th, 2012
08:07 PM ET
10 years ago

Pro-Gingrich super PAC vows to stay in race

(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.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. CanadaONE

    boring – get a real job!

    April 6, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Dead-On-Arrival-Candidate

    FACT: Rmoney is sponsoring Gingrich to remain in the race in order to hurt Santorum.

    April 6, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. Ryan

    Newt should have won !!! I will never vote for Romney is newt or back to Obama .

    April 6, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Newt's campaign is on life support and the Super Pac needs to step up the negative ads against Romney hard. The goal is not to win but to make it an open convention in Tampa.

    April 6, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Greg in Arkansas

    GOOD.....let's get some more of that 1% money out of those banks and back in circulation...

    April 6, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  6. Thomas

    If Newt was a musican instead of a politician , he would be a wannabe !

    Newt , get a real job , your a think broken think tank !

    April 6, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  7. AKsteve

    If Newt spends his supporters money recklessly chasing a fantasy imagine what he'd do with tax payer dollars? He'd probably want to build a city on the moon.
    Oh wait...

    April 6, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. lili

    yup stay in the race spend all your money on this crap when you could donate it to the food bank and really help people. Rich repo clowns more money than brains. Obama 2012

    April 7, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  9. John

    I want to see exactly how much money AIPAC has pumped into the superpacs of ALL OF THEM!!!

    Funny that Israel lobbies have more influence, than our own vetrans organizations.....

    April 7, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  10. Marlee

    Time to transition off the dinosaur poop ye olde fossils!

    April 7, 2012 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  11. Mark

    What a never ending 4 clown circus this GOP campaign is!

    April 7, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |

    All the way to the back rooms in Tampa. The GOBP wingnut way.

    April 7, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  13. madmaninthemiddle

    Newt is in charge? So the idea of a Super PAC not being in any way connected to a campaign is a myth? Shocking!

    April 7, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  14. Coffeehead

    Geeez-Talk about narcisistic !!!

    April 7, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |