Gingrich may 'reassess' campaign after Delaware
April 24th, 2012
09:50 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich may 'reassess' campaign after Delaware

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich may reconsider his White House bid if Tuesday night ends with a disappointing finish in Delaware's primary, the former House Speaker said Monday.

Invoking language typically used this cycle by candidates shortly before dropping out of the race, Gingrich recognized he would need to "reassess" his campaign depending on Tuesday's results.

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"I think we would need to take a deep look at what we are doing," Gingrich said in an interview with NBC News. "We will be in North Carolina tomorrow night and we will look and see what the results are."

A winner-take-all state, Delaware has 17 delegates up for grabs. The candidate has made frequent campaign stops in the state in recent weeks, hoping to snatch at least one victory among the five states holding contests Tuesday.

"This has been a good opportunity for us, we have been here seeing a lot of people," Gingrich said. "We have got really positive responses, and I would hope we would do well here – either carry it or come very, very close."

Gingrich, having won only primaries in South Carolina and Georgia, trails far behind Mitt Romney in the race, with 141 delegates to Romney's 695 delegates, according to a CNN estimate.

He has repeatedly said he would stay in the running until Romney secured the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination, adding that he would then throw his support behind the likely GOP nominee.

Even if Romney were to win all the delegates at stake Tuesday night, however, the former Massachusetts governor would still not hit the 1,144 mark.

Campaign finance reports last week showed Gingrich's campaign was $4.3 million in debt. And the candidate came under recent scrutiny for holding onto his Secret Service protection-at a taxpayer cost of tens of thousands of dollars per day-despite his declining position in the race for the White House.

Gingrich has seen continued support, however, from his biggest benefactor, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who's family donated $5 million last month to a pro-Gingrich super PAC.

As results pour in Tuesday, Romney is expected to make a big general election speech in New Hampshire, the battleground state where he first launched his campaign last year. Gingrich, meanwhile, had some choice words for the all-but-certain nominee Monday night.

"Gov. Romney is clearly the frontrunner but that doesn't mean he is inevitable," Gingrich said at the GOP headquarters in Delaware. "It is very dangerous for frontrunners to start behaving like they are inevitable because the voters might decide that's not so true."

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Filed under: 2012 • Delaware • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (11 Responses)

    It's over! Exit stage left.

    April 24, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. joe dokes

    Gee, it's awfully nice of him to "re-access" given that he has about as much chance of getting the nomination as my cat. What is with this guy?

    April 24, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Yet another attention-getting ploy...................................

    You people at CNN will fall for anything – LOL. Free face-time. ha ha ha ha ha ha

    April 24, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Michael

    Give it up Gingrich. That should be a new campaign slogan.

    April 24, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Russ

    Republicans support Corporate policies of credit checks for employment. Newty boy is MILLIONS AND MILLIONS in DEBT!!!

    Newt is not qualified for ANY employment according to Republican standards. This whacko thinks they will elect him Pres so he can solve his financial problems?????!!!

    April 24, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. FlotsamJetsam

    He may still be getting money from Adelson according to the article, but I thought money going into a SuperPAC could not go directly to a candidate as in his offices and travel money. Is he buying more ad time with the Addl Adelson money?

    This state of affairs really question how Gingrich would run the country as president. His health care think tank is broke. One of his lobbyist groups is bankrupt and now his campaign is a shambles. Doesn't he know he has to hang it up? and to think he is still costing the US taxpayer all that money every day is such a waste. At this point he has NO political future and his value as a speaker has gone way down.

    Hey maybe he will have to return to teaching, actually working for a living . how novel

    April 24, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Lamer

    This "campaign" of his is nothing more than a money making machine at this point. Every extra day he spends on the trail, is another million he puts in his pockets.

    April 24, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Dave

    Yo Speaker Newt, Take the deal The Bishop gave you, he pays for your bounced check & you get behind the support of MORMON / JACK MORMON. Romney & Rubio

    April 24, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Newt is staying in the race so he can do some fund raising while the raising is good. Good fund raising, you say? Yeah, that's right. Now is the best time for Newt to go out and do fund raising. Next year this time, will not be so good. The further out you go past the election year and the harder it gets. It's now or never for fund raising.

    April 24, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Ed FL

    Newt is finding his balloon burst. The American people have finally figured out this loser,he may as well go back to Georgia and make and sell moonshine for a living.

    April 24, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. gg

    what no moon station

    April 24, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |