Newt Gingrich promises to stay in race, lays out strategy in memo

Published: Wednesday, March 14 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, speaks as wife Callista applauds during the Alabama primary night rally Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Birmingham, Ala.

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Despite coming in second in Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, Newt Gingrich is vowing to stay in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

However, Buzzfeed writer Patricia Murphy posits, he's not staying in the race because he thinks he can win — he's staying in to keep Mitt Romney out.

"The sequencing and pace of the second half favors Newt," a Gingrich campaign memo stated. "When this process started, Newt's team had two goals: block an early Romney nomination; and plan for a sequenced and paced second half."

The memo goes on to break down the states that are next scheduled to vote, and how Gingrich hopes to perform in those states.

"Here is the bottom-line reality: this nomination will not be decided until the fourth quarter — and that is not until June," the memo said. "This race is not going to be won or lost over backroom deals or endless and mind-numbing discussions in the media over delegate counts. This race is going to be decided by a big debate — a big choice — among GOP primary voters about the future of the Republican Party; what it stands for, and which candidate has the most compelling vision and most credibility to carry forward a conservative governing agenda."

Politico reports that a senior adviser to the Gingrich campaign floated the idea of joining with candidate Rick Santorum to defeat Romney.

"Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would make a powerful team against Barack Obama," the advisers's email said.

Candidates are battling to reach 1,144 delegates, and Romney currently leads with 495. Santorum has 252 delegates, Gingrich has 131 and Ron Paul has 48. CNN reports that prior to Tuesday's votes in Alabama, Mississippi, American Samoa and Hawaii, Romney needed to win roughly48 percent of the remaining delegates to reach the majority, while Santorum needed about 66 percent and Gingrich needed 72 percent.

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