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article imageGingrich appears ready to throw in the towel

By Larry Clifton     Apr 24, 2012 in Politics
Jackie Gingrich-Cushman, daughter of U.S. presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, said the former House speaker will reassess his campaign after the primary vote in Delaware. Mitt Romney is favored to win that contest handily.
Most political analysts say Gingrich, his campaign mired in debt, will soon drop out, clearing the way for the Republican Party and conservative Democrats and Independents to unite behind Romney in his effort to defeat President Barack Obama in November.
For his part, Romney is set to give a prime-time primary night speech titled "A Better America Begins Today," in battleground-state New Hampshire after racking up five more primary wins Tuesday, April 24, according to the Boston Herald.
Most recent major polls show Romney already tied with Obama in a two-man presidential race. Obama’s approval ratings seldom rise over 50 percent these days - more often hovering in the 40s - and a majority of Americans disapprove of his signature healthcare legislation. Meanwhile, nearly all major polls reveal Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction under his administration.
Gingrich-Cushman said though her father’s campaign has downsized, he is still winning over voters who “aren’t yet sold” on presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
"He talked about waiting for results and looking to see what happens and then potentially reassess," Gingrich-Cushman told MSNBC Tuesday.
However, Tuesday, NBC reported that a spokesman for Gingrich said the former House speaker will not use Tuesday's election night speech to end his campaign.
The case for a Gingrich campaign has worn thin because he hasn’t won a primary since taking his home state of Georgia in early March and Republican Mitt Romney has already turned his attention to defeating Barack Obama, polling even or ahead in most national polls. Romney is quietly vetting VEEP candidates while the Gingrich campaign sputters to a virtual halt.
High-ranking members of The Republican Party have repeatedly called for Gingrich to suspend his campaign.
Gingrich has lost major financial backing and trails far behind Romney in delegates however he previously vowed to campaign until the party's late-summer convention in Tampa, Florida. His campaign is more than $4.3 million in debt.
"Gov. Romney is clearly the front-runner. That doesn't mean he's inevitable," Gingrich said Monday.
Currently, Romney has won 698 of the 1,144 delegates required for the nomination, according to a tally by The Associated Press. Gingrich has 137 delegates.
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