From the Associated Press:
Newt Gingrich says he and other GOP presidential candidates must win their home-turf contests or face serious questions about continuing in the race.
Gingrich tells “Fox News Sunday” that if Mitt Romney loses in Michigan, which is next to vote on Feb. 28, “I don’t see what he says the next morning to his donors to stay in the race.”
But Gingrich also acknowledges that he must win in Georgia, which votes on March 6 — and the same is true for Rick Santorum and the Pennsylvania primary in April.
He says lose and risk becoming “a very, very damaged candidate.”
But Gingrich stopped short of saying he would drop out if he lost Georgia “given the chaos of this race.”
A blow to the Mitt Romney presidential contest in Arizona. From the Los Angeles Times:
An Arizona sheriff running for Congress as a Republican denied accusations Saturday that he had threatened to deport an alleged ex-lover, a Mexican national. In the process, he also resigned from a volunteer position with Mitt Romney’s Arizona campaign and came out as gay.
After a report published Thursday by the weekly Phoenix New Times, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu acknowledged that he had a “personal relationship” with a man identified only as Jose.
Jose accused the sheriff of threatening to deport him after he refused to sign an agreement stipulating that he would not disclose details of their romantic involvement, the newspaper reported.
…He said he had called the Romney campaign to resign from his volunteer position as co-chairman of the Arizona Romney for President campaign. “We support his decision,” Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider