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Gingrich Refuses to Drop Bid

Newt Gingrich is vowing to continue his campaign despite his double-digit loss in Florida. Rather than congratulate Mitt Romney on his victory, Gingrich used his non-concession speech last night to attack the media and say he would “contest every place.” To stay alive, the Gingrich campaign will have to pick up delegates where it can in the string of primary states coming up—which allocate their delegates proportionally—and then bank on a strong showing in the Southern states on Super Tuesday, March 6. But the campaign’s immediate future looks bleak. Romney won 51 percent of Nevada’s vote in 2008, and Ron Paul supporters have been campaigning there since September. Avoiding a third-place finish behind Ron Paul is likely to be his top goal.

February 1, 2012 7:10 AM