It is time for Newt Gingrich to drop his bid for the republican nomination. On Tuesday, Gingrich’s total pull on SUPER TUESDAY, was his home state alone. Now he is simply acting as a spoiler for Rick Santorum. While Santorum won big in three states, North Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma, Gingrich won only his home state of Georgia.
But it isn’t just the fact that Newt only won one state on a day that was supposed to act as his Super Tuesday Firewall, it is the fact that Gingrich couldn’t place second anywhere. Gingrich came in third and even fourth in all ten remaining states. Romney and Santorum both beat Gingrich in every contest. At this point, there is really no justification for Gingrich to stay in this race. There is no path to victory. The delegate math is impossible.
The original Gingrich bump in South Carolina was a result of Rick Perry stepping aside and endorsing Gingrich. Now it is time for Gingrich to return the favor to the party.
Consider that Rick Santorum lost Ohio by 0.8%, 37.9% to 37.1%. Gingrich hauled in 14.6% of the Ohio vote.
Consider Alaska, where Santorum lost by 3.2%, while Gingrich took 14.1%.
There can never be a fair two man race with Gingrich acting as spoiler.
For Gingrich to remain in this race would demonstrate just how selfish he can really be. His supporters are conservatives that are on the anyone-but-Mitt wagon. Three quarters of his supporters will go to Santorum and we can then have a fair two-man race between Romney and Santorum.
Gingrich’s ego is infamous and while this make take some major pressure from the right wing media to convince Gingrich to do the right thing, it is well worth it. It is truly time for Gingrich to be a Kingmaker and change this race one more time.
Next week we have the Mississippi and Alabama primaries. Santorum could potentially win both with Newt in the race and would certainly win if Gingrich were to drop out. Gingrich has benefited from this race. He is now relevant for the first time in a decade and his influence will continue throughout the cycle.
But for now, it is time for Newt Gingrich to drop out, in the interest of conservatism, the Republican party and the nation.