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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field

campaign 2012

Viguerie: Gingrich Should Step Aside, Back Santorum

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Newt Gingrich, left, and his wife, Callista, wave as they arrive for a Super Tuesday rally in Atlanta.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Stalwart conservative movement leader Richard Viguerie on Wednesday called on Newt Gingrich to drop out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination and back rival Rick Santorum as the conservative alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney.

Viguerie, in a statement, pointed to the Super Tuesday results in which Gingrich won only his home state of Georgia while Santorum won three states -- Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota -- and held Romney to a narrow win in the battleground state of Ohio.

 

"It has become [increasingly] clear that the former speaker can either be a kingmaker or a spoiler because, to unite conservatives, Gingrich would have to suspend his campaign and endorse Rick Santorum for the Republican nomination for president," wrote Viguerie, who runs the ConservativeHQ.com website. "Speaker Gingrich’s 'campaign of ideas' has kept him in the race and contributed mightily to the debate, but the results of Super Tuesday show that, going forward, ideas without the campaign infrastructure to sell them are not enough to compete with Romney’s money and establishment backing."

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