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Major Newt Backer Jumps Ship

It looks as though Lady Luck may have decided to blow on some other candidate’s dice. Newt Gingrich is “at the end of his line,” casino magnate and primary Newt backer Sheldon Adelson told the Jewish Journal Wednesday. Earlier this week, Gingrich chopped his staff by about a third, slimming down his operation as he burns through his cash reserves. But Democratic consultant Ed Espinoza told Politico that it’s just not in Newt’s nature to climb under the nearest rock: “We’ll see him on the speaking circuit again soon enough.”