Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich Campaign Memo Says Race Going To June: 'Buckle Up'
Posted on 03/13/2012 2:43:16 PM PDT by VinL
TO: Newt 2012 Campaign Staff....
FROM: Randy Evans, Senior Adviser and Martin Baker, National Political Director
DATE: March 13, 2012
SUBJECT: An Historical Nomination Process Underway
Notwithstanding the conventional wisdom that dominates the news media, Newt Gingrich is well positioned to win the GOP nomination and heres why.
Todays contests in Alabama, American Samoa, Hawaii, and Mississippi are big, but its still early. Louisiana, on March 24th, will actually be halftime in the race for the GOP nomination.
Heading into Louisiana, states with delegates totaling 1,141 will have decided just short of the 1,144 needed for the nomination. It will be Louisiana that moves the process past the halfway mark with 34 states accounting for 1,187 delegates having been voted.
Yet by halftime, the process will be far from over. Just look at the math.
One half of the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination is 572. To date, according to the RNC and factoring in results from Kansas and Wyoming on Saturday, Mitt Romney has only 350 bound delegates. Between, now and Louisiana, there are only 170 total bound delegates available and that count includes Missouri whose delegates, while bound, will actually be elected at conventions later this spring.
Even if Romney could get 100% of the available bound delegates before Louisiana (which he cannot), he would still be well short of 572. Instead, with the proportional allocations that apply, Mitt Romneys more likely 57 additional delegates would only put him at 407 total delegates (35.6%) well short of the 572 needed to be halfway to the magic number.
With a steady 35% of delegates and no change in sight, the fact that Romney advisers have undoubtedly told him is that he can no longer force his nomination. Mathematically, the numbers are just not there. Instead, with 4 candidates remaining, the GOP nomination now moves into unchartered waters with history in the making.
The sequencing and pace of the second half favors Newt. When this process started, Newts team had two goals: block an early Romney nomination; and plan for a sequenced and paced second half.
Newt stopped Romney in South Carolina and subsequently weathered a multi-million dollar barrage of attacks in Florida, surviving to win in Georgia on Super Tuesday.
Starting with Louisiana, there is the second half and the sequence is important.
After Louisiana on March 24th, there are primaries on April 3rd in the District of Columbia (winner take all without Santorum on the ballot); Maryland (a favorable state); and Wisconsin (Callista Gingrichs home state).
Then, the process slows permitting all of the candidates to work the states, not just the one with money.
On April 24th, more than four weeks after Louisiana, Senator Santorum faces a must win in Pennsylvania (whose delegates remain unbound regardless of outcome) with other big contests that day in Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island and delegate rich New York (95).
Two weeks later, on May 8th, there are more southern primaries in North Carolina and West Virginia along with Indiana. On May 15, there are primaries in Nebraska and Oregon.
Then, the delegate rich 3-week dash that could decide the nomination begins with more southern primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky on May 22nd. They lead into Texas (155 delegates) on May 29th.
After 2 weeks of southern primaries, the process then turns on June 5th to California (172 delegates), New Jersey (50), New Mexico and South Dakota. California and New Jersey alone represent almost 20% of the delegates needed for the nomination.
In total, the states in this final 3 week stretch have 509 total delegates or almost half of what is needed for the nomination. The final primary (Utah) is not for three weeks afterwards on June 26.
So here is the bottom-line reality: this nomination will not be decided until the fourth quarter and that is not until June. It also means that the candidate who closes strongest in this race is going to win.
It is a long way until June 26th. Republicans indeed get to be a part of history, not more of the same.
So buckle up. This race is not going to be won or lost over backroom deals or endless and mind-numbing discussions in the media over delegate counts. This race is going to be decided by a big debate a big choice among GOP primary voters about the future of the Republican Party; what it stands for, and which candidate has the most compelling vision and most credibility to carry forward a conservative governing agenda.
That is the debate Newt is going to win, and with it, the nomination and the election.
Unless Mitt Romney and Ron Paul make a backroom deal to get the highest delegate count while Newt and Rick are asleep at the wheel.
At this point I’m getting behind Newt..I really hope he is prepared fir the long haul.
You’re just lookin’ at this all wrong.
The hadn’t Rick or Newt oughta make a deal with Paul first?
Me too! Newt is just too dang smart we need his solutions to get us out of President Downgrade’s mess!
Well, the writer of the memo was okay with it, although he leans toward supporting Newt.
Well, the writers of the memo were okay with it, although they lean toward supporting Newt.
At this point and especially after tonight, it simply won’t matter if either candidate stays in. If they both stay in, they can at least create a brokered convention, with a little luck.
If either one of them drops out, Romney easily gets his 1144 delegates much sooner.
You might as well give Obama four more to totally destroy the country. There will be nothing left in four years!
I know. What’s the HTML symbol for “tongue-in-cheek”?
My response was to the FReepers remark that he was not okay with the memo and he wanted either Santorum or Newt.
I don’t even care how Newt gets there, as long as he does.
For those that want him to drop out, “screw you and the Santorum you rode in on”.
I don’t give a flip if the campaign goes on long enough to completely destroy the GOP-e... they need to be taken out and the sooner the better.
** President Newt Gingrich-”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”
I’m thinking Newt will take Mississippi... and there will be a statistical tie between Newt, Romney, and Santorum in Alabama.
Which will lead the primaries onto the next round.
This looks to be the Republican party’s civil war. With the economic conservatives standing with Newt, the social conservatives with Santorum, and the mushy middle (who’ll stand with whoever wins) going for the ‘electable’ candidate - Romney.
Looking at the early returns it seems the republican base has become center left. I don’t understand how anyone that considers themself a conservative could push the lever for romney. I am throughly at a loss to see my so called conservative base vote for this turd. It tells me two things we already know. The pubes are not conservatives and conservatives are now a minority. This is now a center left country and I am disgusted.
Eh, got it right in Mississippi. Blew it for Alabama.