A GOP rule that could torpedo Newt Gingrich’s dream of convention fight

My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy, who’s traveling with Newt Gingrich in Louisiana, wonders if he’s discovered the insurmountable barrier that stands between the former House speaker and a contested Republican National Convention in Tampa.

It is Rule No. 40(b), as adopted by the party in 2008:


Gingrich has won only Georgia and South Carolina. His prospects in Illinois tonight are dim. He needs to come in first in three more states to even be considered a part of any floor fight to come.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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8 comments Add your comment


March 20th, 2012
5:05 pm

I don’t think Newt cares about rule no.40{b}.


March 20th, 2012
5:11 pm

There will be no floor fight, Gingrich was never a credible contender, and Gingrich’s dirty campaign has lost him a possible position in a Romney administration.


Question Man

March 20th, 2012
5:13 pm

Haven’t Newt’s chances always been dim (except perhaps in his own mind)?


March 20th, 2012
5:16 pm

clyde is correct.

The Newt Book Tour and Fantasy Campaign 2012 will continue well past the convention.

Calista's Privates

March 20th, 2012
5:29 pm



March 20th, 2012
5:31 pm

@5:13- it’s not just his chances that were always dim. There is also his intellect (he is best described as what a stupid person thinks a smart person looks like), his ethics, his morals, his sense of empathy, etc and “dim” may be a little generous.


March 20th, 2012
5:40 pm

Why would reality mean something to NEWT now? So far he has been living a legend of his own making
in his own mind.

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