A final, final update for tonight — and it has to be on the “unstoppable” Newt Gingrich.
Newt Gingrich said he was rethinking his bid for the presidency after another series of disappointing primary showings Tuesday night, but he stopped short of dropping out.
Gingrich, the former U.S. House Speaker from Georgia, maintained that he was committed to bringing conservative ideas to the Republican convention in Tampa. Whether he does so as a presidential candidate remains to be seen.
“Over the next few days we’re going to look realistically at where we’re at,” Gingrich said in remarks unusually frank for a rally setting. He said he is excited to continue campaigning, “But I also want to do that as somebody who’s a unifier and somebody who’s realistic.”
“Unifier”? Realistic”? When did those words sneak into Newt’s vocabulary?
A final update for the night:
The Associated Press reports that one candidate has now collected the 2,778 delegates he needs to become his party’s presidential nominee — it is not Romney. It is Obama.
Add Pennsylvania to the list.
…and with 3 percent of the vote in New York in, Romney has 55 percent, Gingrich 18 percent, Ron Paul 16 percent and Santorum (?) 12 percent. Yours truly goes out on a limb and predicts that Mitt Romney will have a “full house” tonight.
…and Fox has just confirmed yours truly’s phenomenal prediction: Romney wins New York, too.
The Associated Press had just declared Romney the winner in primaries in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, three of the five states voting on Tuesday. Races had yet to be called in Pennsylvania, as well as in New York, where polls close at 9 p.m.
Gingrich had indicated that if he did not win in Delaware, he could drop out of the race.
More recent reports, however, claim that “Gingrich won’t drop out Tuesday, no matter what happens in Delaware.”
Read more about Romney’s predicted victories and about the address he’s expected to deliver in New Hampshire this evening here.
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and a writer.