Gingrich All But Concedes Race to Romney
By Nathan Hodge
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who once led the polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, all but conceded the race Sunday to his rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Gingrich called Mr. Romney “far and away the most likely Republican nominee,” adding that he would throw his support behind the front-runner if Mr. Romney secured the required delegates for the nomination.
“If I end up not being the nominee, I have already talked to Chairman Reince Priebus at the Republican National Committee,” he said. “I’d want to work this fall to help defeat [President Barack] Obama any way I could. Whatever the team thinks I can do to be helpful, I would do.”
Both Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Romney hit each other hard during the primary race. “It turned out he had more things to hit with than I did,” Mr. Gingrich said. “And that’s part of the business.”
The former Speaker of the House said that he was staying in the race “to influence Republican thinking” on several issues. But that makes rather little sense: if he remains determined to push conservative solutions, the only sensible option at this point would be to drop out, release his delegates to former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), and support the only truly conservative candidate left in the race who has even a ghost of a chance remaining.
Unless Mr Gingrich has or believes he has some sort of commitment from former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) for some sort of position in a Romney Administration, it makes absolutely no sense for him to be doing what he is doing.
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Path for Romney Getting Clearer
By DANNY YADRON and NATHAN HODGE
The fight for the Republican presidential nomination appeared closer to a conclusion as Newt Gingrich on Sunday all but conceded to Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum continued facing a money shortage in his home state of Pennsylvania, where he has two weeks to make a last stand before the primary.
Mr Santorum has canceled some campaign appearances because his youngest daughter, who has a genetic disorder, has been hospitalized. He is way behind on campaigning, he lacks campaign funds, and trails Mr Romney in the polls in his home state. It has been a valiant effort, but there’s no campaign left for Mr Santorum.
The polls show Mr Santorum trailing Mr Romney by five percentage points . . . and give Mr Gingrich 6% of the vote. The only chance the more conservative candidate has to win is for there to be only one conservative candidate, but Mr Gingrich, with all of his commitment to conservative causes, won’t take that step. Your Editor does not know what motivates Mr Gingrich at this point, but loyalty to conservative causes doesn’t seem to be among them.