Since his poor showing on Super Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has been hearing it from all sides that perhaps it’s time to call it quits.
And now, those calls are even coming from within his own campaign.
According to WIS-TV, a local television station in Columbia, S.C., one of Gingrich’s regional directors in the state said it was time for the former Speaker of the House to drop out of the race.
DeLinda Ridings, a former Jon Huntsman supporter, told a reporter that, “[Gingrich] has tried really hard, but I think it’s time to drop, and it’s time to put our allegiance behind the man that I believe can beat Barack Obama, and that’s Mitt Romney.”
Romney won five of the 10 states up for grabs on Super Tuesday, while Rick Santorum won four. Gingrich won only one state, his home state of Georgia.
In recent days, calls for Gingrich to concede have increased, especially from rival camps. Stuart Roy, and adviser to the super PAC that backs Santorum said that if Gingrich remains in the race “it’s only a hindrance to a conservative alternative to Romney. While conservative activist Richard Viguerie said that Gingrich can either be a “kingmaker or a spoiler” in the race adding, “Were Newt Gingrich to suspend his campaign now, and endorse Rick Santorum, he could provide that unity and, through such a great act of statesmanship, open a new chapter in his storied political career.”
Still, it seems that Gingrich has no intention of dropping out, and Gingrich adviser Vince Haley thinks it’s Romney who should be stepping aside.
“It’s Mitt Romney who’s screwing up this race and it’s his establishment support,” Haley said.
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