All over in Florida but the counting for Gingrich; looks to Tea Party for national pushby Jane Musgrave | January 31st, 2012
CELEBRATION – The Florida campaign for Newt Gingrich is over. Now, it’s just a matter of waiting for the results.
After spending nearly an hour shaking hands and signing autographs with supporters who lined up outside a polling place in this Disney-created community near Orlando this afternoon, the GOP presidential hopeful climbed back aboard his “Rebuilding the America We Love” campaign bus and drove off. Next up: His election night party at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.
He didn’t address the media at any of the four stops he made today in Central Florida. When a scrum of reporters crowded around, he would sometimes say that he was “uniting conservatives” or mention the “dishonest” ads chief rival Mitt Romney has been running.
His press secretary said that regardless of what happens in Florida tonight, the former House speaker is committed to campaigning in every state. Tea Party voters will give him the edge over chief rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, said R.C. Hammond.
“We will compete in every contest the country has to offer,” Hammond said. “In a race where the media’s picked frontrunner hasn’t broken 50 percent that leaves a lot of math out there for the conservative side of the party to take up which is how we’ll stay competitive in the nomination, which is why it will last late into the spring because we’ll continue to bring in delegates, we’ll continue to bring in large amounts of support.
“At the end of the day,” he concluded, “as long as Tea Party voters continue to come our way, we’ll do very well.”