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Santorum backers pressuring Gingrich to bow out of race

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Rick Santorum's supporters, the morning after their candidate pulled out three Super Tuesday victories, began to apply serious pressure to Newt Gingrich to bow out of the presidential race -- arguing the former speaker is standing in the way of a fair fight between Santorum and Mitt Romney.

Santorum won Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Dakota on Super Tuesday, and in terms of the delegate count is in a solid second place. 

The super PAC supporting the former Pennsylvania senator claimed Wednesday that Santorum -- who was overshadowed by Romney's victories in Ohio and five other states -- would have had a much bigger night had it not been for Gingrich's presence. Gingrich kept his campaign alive by winning Georgia Tuesday. 

"With Gingrich exiting the race it would be a true head-to-head race and conservatives would be able to make a choice between a consistent conservative in Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney," Stuart Roy, an adviser to the Santorum-backing Red, White and Blue Fund, said in a statement. 

"For instance, with Gingrich out of the race, Santorum would have won both Ohio and Michigan. Newt has become a hindrance to a conservative alternative." 

As Santorum's supporters pressured Gingrich, Romney's campaign touted its newly expanded delegate advantage on Wednesday. One Romney adviser claimed it would take an "act of God" for Gingrich or Santorum to catch that lead. 

Gingrich, though, made clear that he plans to press forward.

"We are staying in this race because I believe it will be impossible for a moderate to win the general election," Gingrich said Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala., referencing Romney. 

As for Santorum, Gingrich said: "There is a big difference between being a good team member and changing the game. I'm not going to Washington to be a good team member. I'm going to Washington to change Washington itself." 

Gingrich said Tuesday at his post-election rally in Atlanta that he's not going to let the "elite" decide the nomination, ridiculing those who declared his campaign "dead" over the summer before he won South Carolina in January -- and suggesting he is ripe for another surge. 

Gingrich claimed the media are depicting Santorum as the "non-Romney" candidate because they are desperate to push him out, but added: "I'm the tortoise. I just take one step at a time."

The former House speaker earned words of encouragement Tuesday night from the GOP's 2008 vice presidential nominee. Sarah Palin, though she has not formally endorsed a candidate, told Fox News that she cast her ballot for Gingrich in the Alaska caucuses Tuesday. She praised his energy policy as "spot on," acknowledging he is the "underdog" in the race. Gingrich placed fourth in the four-man race in Alaska.



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