Newt Gingrich Focusing on Delaware Primary

The First State could be Gingrich's last hope.

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks at the 2012 New York Republican State Dinner.

Will Delaware be Newt Gingrich's last stand?

The former House speaker seemed to suggest as much in discussing his prospects as a Republican presidential candidate on the eve of Tuesday's primary. He told NBC News Monday that if he fails to win the Delaware contest, he will have to "reassess" his campaign. Gingrich added that he would be in North Carolina when the polls close and would "see what the results are" before making a decision on the future of his presidential bid. He said he was hoping to "do well" in Delaware--"either carry it or come very, very close."

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Gingrich has won only two state primaries so far, in South Carolina and his home state of Georgia. His campaign is more than $4 million in debt, according to his latest financial disclosure report.

Gingrich has pledged to stay in the GOP race "all the way to Tampa," where the Republican National Convention will be held this summer. But his campaign has not gone well in recent weeks as frontrunner Mitt Romney has won a series of primaries and captured the endorsements of many prominent Republicans.

The other candidate in the race is Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who has also pledged to stay in the contest until the convention.

Five states hold primaries Tuesday—Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Gingrich has focused on Delaware as his best hope for a win.

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