By Teresa Welsh |
With only the primaries in South Carolina and his home state of Georgia as victories under his belt, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was hoping to execute a “southern strategy” of sorts by winning in Tuesday’s Alabama and Mississippi primaries and reviving his campaign. Former Sen. Rick Santorum defeated Gingrich in both states, where the delegates are awarded proportionally. Gingrich did come in second ahead of former Gov. Mitt Romney in Alabama and Mississippi’s popular vote. In a speech Tuesday night, Gingrich vowed to stay in the race until the Republican National Convention. However, critics suggest that it is time for him to bow out and let the right wing of the party coalesce behind Santorum, who fashions himself as the conservative alternative to Romney. Money may also make the decision for Gingrich. The super PAC that supports him has survived through the large donations by Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson, though Gingrich brags of the $2.50 “Newt gallon” donations supporters have made to his campaign. Should New Gingrich drop out? Here is the Debate Club’s take:
Ford O'Connell Republican Strategist, Conservative Activist, and Political Analyst
Lara Brown Author of 'Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants'
Krystal Ball MSNBC Contributor and Former Democratic Nominee for Congress in the First District of Virginia