He may be about to take a shellacking in Florida, but GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has already posted a schedule that, after tonight, has him in Nevada through the end of this week.
Late last night, CNN declared that it had picked up hints that Gingrich would skip that state’s Saturday caucuses, and the upcoming contest in Michigan.
Gingrich will still have some cash after tonight. This was just Tweeted out by campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond:
“…[J]ust crossed $5 million raised for January ‘12. FEC report will show about $10 million raised in the last quarter of ‘11.”
Herman Cain, once the Republican frontrunner in the presidential contest, watered down his endorsement of Newt Gingrich somewhat by saying – this morning, after campaigning with Gingrich on Monday – that he would also willing to support Mitt Romney if he wins the nomination.
From the Associated Press:
Cain told NBC’s “Today” show that he endorsed Gingrich and campaigned with him Monday because he found Gingrich’s tax plan similar to his own proposal, dubbed his “9-9-9″ plan.
Cain said he would be “very comfortable” with Romney, too, but that both candidates carry negatives that would be attacked by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
Cain dropped out of the race in early December. He said he wouldn’t run again, joking that his “biological clock is ticking.”
Last night, Newt Gingrich was again defended, though not endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin:
At about the 4:30 mark in her interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Palin defended Gingrich against charges that he wasn’t sufficiently Reaganesque:
“Enough was enough when I started seeing this rewritten history about Gingrich’s relationship with Ronald Reagan and the Reagan Revolution in the ’70s and the ’80s. How he under Reagan and Reagan’s advisers, their tutelage, how it was able to shape Gingrich’s and his ideas on how to balance the budget and how to reform welfare and how to look for ways to create more efficiencies in government so we can cut budgets and we could cut taxes and that would spur economic growth.”
And the Miami Herald offers this sobering look at the consequences of running an impromptu, seat-of-the-pants campaign:
At least 632,000 Republicans have already cast ballots.
So Gingrich could be losing by as many as 60,000 votes before the polls even open Tuesday, according to an analysis of early-voter surveys and the averages of all the major statewide polls applied to the pool of already cast ballots.
“I think Gingrich could be losing more to Mitt Romney — like 75,000ish,” said Randy Nielsen, a top Florida political consultant for the Republican Party of Florida who’s not affiliated with any presidential candidate.
“This election isn’t going to be pretty for Newt Gingrich,” Nielsen said. “He didn’t have a program to get early and absentee votes, and Gingrich is losing to Mitt Romney in every region except for North Florida. But he’s not winning there enough to make up the difference.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider