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Gingrich Sees ‘Non-Romney Majority’ of Delegates Forming
NYT ^ | 1-29-12 | seelyne

Posted on 01/29/2012 11:51:29 AM PST by VinL

LUTZ, Fla. _ Newt Gingrich insisted Sunday that Mitt Romney, who is leading him in the polls in Florida by double-digits, will fail to win a majority of votes in Tuesday’s primary and then will not be able to muster a majority of delegates by the time of the Republican nominating convention in August.

“Romney’s got a very real challenge in trying to get a majority at the convention,” Mr. Gingrich told a gaggle of reporters spread across a sidewalk outside a church here in this Tampa suburb.

“This party is not going to nominate somebody who is a pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-tax increase liberal,” Mr. Gingrich asserted. “Look, it’s not going to happen.”

He never used the words “brokered convention,” but he painted a brokered-convention scenario.

“We have no evidence yet that Romney anywhere is coming close to getting a majority,” Mr. Gingrich said. “And I think when you take all of the non-Romney votes, it’s very likely that at the convention there will be a non-Romney majority – and maybe a very substantial one – and my job is to convert that into a pro-Gingrich majority.”

He vowed to mount “a straight-out contest for the next four or five months” and said he would go “all the way to the convention.”

Mr. Gingrich clearly hopes that Rick Santorum, who has been competing with him for conservative support, will eventually join his side against .....

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: elections; florida; gingrich; newt
Win or lose, Fla can form the impetus for Newt to win the nomination because it has smoked out the opposition. People we thought to be our friends- are not our friends, are they? Just like the bank bailouts, what we have viscerally learned is that elites favor those in their class. Sad truth, former favorites Coulter, Drudge, Connie Mach et al- actually have little respect for the grass roots folks who helped make their fortunes– to them we are “Hobbits”.

The only question is - Will Newt take Sarah Palin’s call to arms and “Rage against the Machine?”

Palin, Perry, Cain, Thompson are now in for the people- Newt has to be committed to inspire the insurgency.

1 posted on 01/29/2012 11:51:38 AM PST by VinL
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2 posted on 01/29/2012 11:53:57 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: VinL
Mitt doesn't to win a majority of the votes in any of the Primaries. Last time around McCain sewed up the nomination by winning only 30-35% in each primary.

I'd love Newt to be the nominee, but it's becoming clear that outside of SC, women in huge numbers will never vote for him. His own past is killing him.

I think he needs he needs to come forward and give a straight forward address talking about his past indiscretions and talk about his finding redemption with God. Not too many people really know that in recent years Newt has connected with his faith in recent years.

3 posted on 01/29/2012 12:03:07 PM PST by GR_Jr. (ABR / AB0 (Anybody but Romney, and then Anybody but 0bama))
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To: VinL; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; justiceseeker93; randita; ...

This is possible. Newt may lose, but that doesn’t automatically make Romney the inevitable nominee. Many of those who do support Romney are lukewarm in their support (Ann Coulter is one example) and are in his corner only because they think he’s the most electable.


4 posted on 01/29/2012 12:04:51 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: VinL

Romney can’t win enough of a majority to carry the necessary delegates. There is going to be a tremondous rage over the “out districting” of Allen West that will resonate across this country and the Tea Party movement will surge, unite and fight. MY hope is that Santorum drops out and that Bachmann (unless she endores Newt) stays out of the Minn race. There are a lot of states that will go with Newt. Consider what Fla is now? it is a melting pot that has a ton of smudge in it...lol. This fight is FAR from over..Fla or no Fla!


5 posted on 01/29/2012 12:09:43 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: GR_Jr.

Last time around McCain sewed up the nomination by winning only 30-35% in each primary.
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I understand- valid point. But that didn’t work out to well,did it? Hopefully, people have learned.


6 posted on 01/29/2012 12:10:15 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: GR_Jr.

Women in SC voted for Newt. Newt has explained all this and it is on his site. It is outrageous that ignorant voters have not taken the time to read it. IF anyones past should kill them it is Romneys! he is a full blown socialist


7 posted on 01/29/2012 12:12:20 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: GR_Jr.

Women in SC voted for Newt. Newt has explained all this and it is on his site. It is outrageous that ignorant voters have not taken the time to read it. IF anyones past should kill them it is Romneys! he is a full blown socialist


8 posted on 01/29/2012 12:12:20 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: lula

Our little town is in the news positive for Newt!


9 posted on 01/29/2012 12:13:36 PM PST by plsjr (<>< ... HIS will be done! (http://NewSpring.cc/webservice - Biblical Nourishment))
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To: katiedidit1

Florida like Iowa like New Hampshire will not tell us who to nominate for our party.

Florida is turning into a toilet.

I’m very happy to see that Newt is committed to staying in the race. I like how he’s bringing Perry and Cain with him. Santorum too can be part of this Non-Romney plank.

We go into the convention and we may have 60 to 70% of delegates are non-Romney. Then what? By then they’ve coeleseced around Newt.

The fat lady hasn’t even put her clothes on.


10 posted on 01/29/2012 12:15:50 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: GR_Jr.

Explain, how are South Carolina women so vastly different?


11 posted on 01/29/2012 12:19:32 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: VinL

“Palin, Perry, Cain, Thompson are now in for the people...”

Yes, and that’s why it was doubly disappointing to watch Michele Bachmann’s performance on Face The Nation this morning.


12 posted on 01/29/2012 12:20:27 PM PST by ngat
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To: nikos1121

Agree, it wasn’t long ago that everyone was saying whoever wins SC will get the nomination..now its Fla. They do this in every primary. The battle is just beginning. Paul’s supporters are never going to Romney and IF Santorum gets out most of his support would go to Newt. The last nationwide poll shows Newt ahead


13 posted on 01/29/2012 12:21:28 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Rmney are lukewarm in their support (Ann Coulter is one example) and are in his corner only because they think he’s the most electable.
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I am an Ann Coulter fan all my life- but her recent opinions suggest she has, for whatever reason, altered her views. Her statement that she now disfavors Sarah Palin “because of her fans”— is incomprehensible. Those Palin fans are the very people who put Ms. Coulter where she is today.


14 posted on 01/29/2012 12:22:22 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Charles Martel

“Explain, how are South Carolina women so vastly different?”

They are younger and more conservative.


15 posted on 01/29/2012 12:23:49 PM PST by ngat
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To: ngat

Yes, and that’s why it was doubly disappointing to watch Michele Bachmann’s performance on Face The Nation this morning.
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ngat, didn’t see it. what did she say that was disappointing?


16 posted on 01/29/2012 12:25:09 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

Scheiffer opened the door wide for her to endorse Gingrich, twice, and she firmly declined.


17 posted on 01/29/2012 12:28:02 PM PST by ngat
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To: ngat

And we are capable of thinking for ourselves.


18 posted on 01/29/2012 12:32:57 PM PST by lula (Newt 2012! We need him now more than ever because the establishment is scared.)
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To: nikos1121
The fat lady hasn’t even put her clothes on.

I could have gone all year without that imagery.

19 posted on 01/29/2012 12:34:19 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: VinL
Three things:

1. I believe Newt WILL take the fight all the way to the Convention Floor, shouting, fist fights and all:)

2. He'll need OUR money to do it as he won't be getting much from other quarters.

3. If the fight lasts to the Convention, we can win it there.

Remember 1964? Remember 1980?

These fights can be won.

20 posted on 01/29/2012 12:36:20 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: VinL

If Romney starts using GHW Bush’s words saying “I have evolved”, and the people buy it, I’ll throw up.


21 posted on 01/29/2012 1:00:18 PM PST by Terry Mross (We need a second party.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Look for more of the south to go into Newt’s direction.


22 posted on 01/29/2012 1:12:25 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: nikos1121

Fantastic strategy! When your candidate is loosing, dump on the voters! That’s about as valid as dismissing the SC results by calling the electorate backward, anti-Mormon hicks.

I’ll suggest an alternate perspective. The process, however painful, is working as it should. All remaining candidates are being forced to fight harder and harder. The is wisdom in that whole democracy thing.

One last question, just how many of these toilet or borderline toilet states will we need in the general election?


23 posted on 01/29/2012 1:57:36 PM PST by sick1 (Don't fear the freeper)
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To: GR_Jr.
I think he needs he needs to come forward and give a straight forward address talking about his past indiscretions and talk about his finding redemption with God. Not too many people really know that in recent years Newt has connected with his faith in recent years.

Uh??? Where have you been?.....That's been said and done...and S.Carolina proved it's behind them as well...woman DID vote in numbers for Newt.

BTW just how much wallowing in Newts sins would satify you? Seems to me we're to forgive for the asking and are forgiven for doing so....Newt did that...and then went on to wallow in it giving people the answers they wanted...it's a done deal. Get with the program and stop pushing the oppositions talking points.

24 posted on 01/29/2012 2:04:31 PM PST by caww
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To: ngat
it was doubly disappointing to watch Michele Bachmann’s performance on Face The Nation this morning.

Nobody should be disappointed with anything she says now...she's in Romney's court and we'll see that in time.

25 posted on 01/29/2012 2:08:40 PM PST by caww
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To: sick1

Whoa....We must have a Romney guy in our midst.

I’m not against fair debate.

I’m against all out slander on the part of the media, DC republican Dan Quayle establishment to stifle free speech.

We will let you win Florida.. fine...no problemo... but from here on out... we get serious...

Newt is the man for our times. I knew this from the beginning but with the MSM false reporting of facts I was doubting Newt’s challenge last Summer...

I’ve been on board for going on almost 3 months. I have no remorse. I get teary eyed at each of his no teleprompter speeches.

I loathe the establishment of George Will and Ann Coulter MORE so ...yes MORE so than I do the liberal democrates out there....

Your kind has sold us out...and I for one am not going to sit back and let it happen without some fight back...

Newt speaks for me....If ROmney is the nominee with A FREE OPEN ONE ON ONE DEBATE WITH NEWT IN THE COMING MONTHS.. I WILL SUPPORT HIM...

BUT FOR NOW, I’M NOT GOING WITH YOUR PRECIOUS ROMNEY. NEWT SPEAKS FOR ME...


26 posted on 01/29/2012 2:08:49 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: Mariner

I AGREE WITH YOU!!!!!!

Sometimes a candidate talks big and then they crumble. In Newt is willing to take this debate to every state before the convention...then I’m on board... if NOT...we die...we simply as baby boomers die...

I don’t think he’ll do that...He knows his message is clear and that is makes sense...

In the end at a brokered convention...and I’m about to choke on my spit here...we entertain the idea of a Romney/Gngrich or Gngrich/ROmney ticket... I guess we do it...but we do it to defeat Obama.

Right now...my ideal pursuit of happiness duo is:

Newt/Sarah

or

Newt/West

I can live with Newt/Santorum and in fact would probably grow into loving that... since the two are great Americans...

PLEASE Newt..no matter what happens on Tuesday... don’t quit...

This is the case... this is the fight... winning the nomination is winning the presidency.

DON’T DROP OUT IF YOU LOSE FLORIDA....YOU’VE WON SC....

WE ARE WITH YOU!!!!!!!


27 posted on 01/29/2012 2:18:09 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: VinL

Go, Newt.


28 posted on 01/29/2012 2:22:44 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: GR_Jr.
Newt has changed dramatically. Here are some FR links about his conversion.

Newt Gingrich, a “John Paul II Catholic”
Newt Brings Gaelic Fury To The GOP Race (some personal family history)
Newt Gingrich Attacks Fashionable Anti-Catholic Bigotry
Newt Gingrich: What Kind of Catholic Is He? [Born Lutheran, Turned Baptist, Now Catholic]
Newt Gingrich: America’s Next Catholic President?
Clemson Palmetto Poll finds Gingrich (38%) momentum growing, most S.C. GOP voters still uncommitted
Gingrich Threatens GOP's Chance to Nab Independents

The Evangelical Case for Newt Gingrich
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics [ecumenical}
Newt Gingrich on Catholicism and JPII
Why Newt Gingrich Converted to Catholicism
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Opens Up on Catholic Conversion and Embracing 'Overt Christianity'
Newt Gingrich on his conversion to Catholicism
Gingrich Keeps Quiet on Catholic Conversion (received into Church over the past weekend)
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich conversion details; plans release of JP2 documentary
Gingrich to Become Catholic During Easter Season
The Newt Evangelization: Gingrich to become Catholic

29 posted on 01/29/2012 2:26:22 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nikos1121

I’m a Romney guy in as much as having my preferred candidates bow out (Perry/Cain) and finding Romney next on my list makes me a Romney guy.

I’m also very much not a Newt guy. I don’t believe in supporting non-executives for President. I think his ego is massive and dangerous. I think his personal history is a mess and would cast a shadow on the Republican / Conservative movement for years.

I understand why people don’t like their candidate being bashed. I’m sure die hard Romney fans take it personally as well. Both sides are hitting hard now, both sides are putting up ads that do not fact check out, both sides are putting up ads with speakers wish them to take them down, and both sides are getting personal. It’s politics.

I’m glad to hear that some folk will support the eventual nominee whoever it is. I’ll vote for Newt should he win it. I hope that I don’t have to but I will.


30 posted on 01/29/2012 2:28:39 PM PST by sick1 (Don't fear the freeper)
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To: VinL

Still trying to figure out these conservatives who revealed themselves as Rinos. We have bought every one of Ann Coulter’s books and followed her faithfully over the years. No more. Her anti-Newt performances on Fox are loud, nasty and low class. Her fans have always been the cream of the crop, the most intelligent conservatives but now we will think twice before making her books bestsellers.


31 posted on 01/29/2012 2:39:25 PM PST by Liberty Wins (Newt --named after Isaac Newton?)
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To: ngat
“Explain, how are South Carolina women so vastly different?” They are younger and more conservative.

My part of SC is a lot of "mature" men and women who are retired and conservative and we all went for Newt......SC women are true conservatives

32 posted on 01/29/2012 3:02:54 PM PST by estrogen (don't let the media pick our candidate)
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To: GR_Jr.
Can you explain why women won't vote for Newt? Remember the 2nd and 3rd wives are adulterers also.
33 posted on 01/29/2012 3:42:22 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: GR_Jr.

I do not believe the crap about women not voting for him. As a woman, I care more about how he can save the country for my heirs. Forget that talking point. We are not just a group of useless bimbos, we can figure out life also.


34 posted on 01/29/2012 5:30:57 PM PST by I_be_tc
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