Gingrich Confirms Delaware is Must Win Territory

Speaking to a crowd at Delaware state GOP headquarters on Monday evening, with just hours to go before voting begins in tomorrow’s Delaware primary, Newt Gingrich underlined the importance of tomorrow’s results to the future of his campaign.

“I think we need to take a deep look at what we are doing,” Gingrich told NBC News in an exclusive interview on Monday. “We will be in North Carolina tomorrow night and we will look and see what the results [in Delaware] are.”

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“This has been a good opportunity for us, we have been here seeing a lot of people,” Gingrich said of his intense campaigning in tomorrow’s smallest contest. “We have got really positive responses and I would hope we would do well here – either carry it or come very, very close.”

Despite admitting that it would be difficult to see a path forward if he doesn’t have something to show for all of his efforts in Delaware, Gingrich continued to strike a defiant tone.

“Governor Romney is clearly the frontrunner but that doesn’t mean he is inevitable,” Gingrich told the assembled Republican activists. “It is very dangerous for frontrunners to start behaving like they are inevitable because the voters might decide that’s not so true. Frankly, I think it is a mistake for Romney to kick-off his general election campaign tomorrow in New Hampshire. He has about half the votes he needs to be nominated.”

The former speaker and beleaguered underdog might have some reason for hope, he’s picked up endorsements from several well-respected Delaware Republicans in recent weeks and has the backing of a majority of the state’s Republican Party County Chairmen.


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