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Gingrich: Newt and Mitt to Be Last Candidates Standing

In a GOP field crowded with players, many speculate who will be the next to drop out. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says it won’t be him, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"This will end up being Mitt and Newt,” Gingrich told AJC.

Wednesday Gingrich told the AJC that his campaign is not where it needs to. By December he'll have the resources to compete head to head with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Gingrich’s campaign weathered a breakdown in June and July — what he called the darkest two months of his 53-year political career, said he is poised to make a serious bid against front-runner Romney for the nomination.

“Romney is the real competitor," Gingrich said in his Buckhead campaign headquarters, where he rallied two dozen volunteers before heading to Duluth for a town hall meeting sponsored by the 7th District Republican Party.

While Gingrich has been inching up in the polls, he remains a solid 10 to 12 percentage points behind Romney and Georgia businessman Herman Cain. But the four days of brutal media coverage of allegations of sexual harassment may stunt Cain’s campaign.

Gingrich, who suffered through his own bouts of scandal earlier in his career, said Cain needed to hole up somewhere and figure his way out of this mess.

Gingrich said Cain is going through "a rough patch" and whether or not Cain survives Gingrich said he is ready to eclipse Cain.

Critics claim Gingrich lacks the time and resources to seriously compete in Iowa whose caucuse is scheduled for Jan. 3.

Gingrich says there is more than enough time.

"That’s part of what’s funny all summer," he said. "I work back from victory. Victory in Iowa starts about the 10th of December. Everybody else was saying, ‘Oh my gosh, look at August, look at September.' I’m like, well, it’s not the 10th of December."

Posted by TPI editor on 11/3/2011 2:46:54 PM
Filed under: candidates, gingrich, last, romney

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