Fox News reports that Newt Gingrich will be suspending his campaign with an announcement next week on Tuesday. After the poor showing in yesterday’s primaries, Newt Gingrich has decided to pack it in. It is not known whether he will back Mitt Romney but to save his political future with conservative voters it would be wise for him to take a lesson from Rick Santorum and not be in a hurry to commit.
Even though the drum beat among the party establishment and mainstream media continues to pound away that Mitt Romney has supposedly already wrapped-up the nomination, he is still very far from having the 1,144 bound delegates needed to be crowned the nominee before the convention in Tampa.
Behind the scenes, the Romney campaign is battling it out with Paul supporters to try to secure delegates in convention after convention all across the country. Some fierce battles have ensued especially in states that Ron Paul was expected to win the beauty contests and then major shenanigans seemed to rip the victories away from him. He promised his supporters back then that he could still technically get the win by capturing the most delegates in the convention battles that would follow. This scenario has been playing-out and he now is expected to have the majority of the delegates out of Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado.
A few more states are expected to also give him delayed victories very soon. The battle has certainly been heating up and it appears that no trick in the book is out of the question on the part of Romney loyalists. A recent blog post by Doug Wead reveals the intensity of the fight going on behind the scenes describing it as “brutal”. Mr. Wead is Ron Paul’s senior campaign advisor and he recently exposed some of the details.
In New York, the Rockland County Republican Chairman sent out robo calls to voters implying that all the other candidates had dropped out of the race and urged voters to go vote for Romney to show their unity. I would classify this “trick” as possibly crossing the line from unethical games to criminal election fraud but it seems that establishment politicians can get away with just about anything in order to win. A recording of the robo call in question has been captured.(see video)
One thing is for sure, there is still a race going on for the Republican nomination. It is not over until it is really over. If an announcer stopped a horse race and declared a winner based upon which horse was ahead by a nose while running along the back stretch, the crowd would quickly turn very ugly. I would suggest the Republican Party let this process continue to play out until it is legitimately over, even if that means having an exciting national convention for a change.