Will Gingrich Lose His Delegates At The Republican National Convention?

There have been a lot of theories about why former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich hasn’t dropped out of the presidential race yet.  After all, he has nearly no funds, no chance at overtaking any of his competitors even if he somehow swept the rest of the primaries, and obviously very little support within the party establishment.

Now, there’s finally an answer that makes a little sense: he needs to win three more states.

According to the Republican National Committee rules, a candidate needs to win five states in order to have his or her name submitted for nomination at the Republican National Convention.  Gingrich, with just South Carolina and Georgia in his win column, needs to try to snag a few more, or he’ll lose what delegates he has earned and any chance to be a kingmaker in a brokered convention.

Gingrich’s campaign isn’t worried about the rule, saying there’s still plenty of time, and plenty of ways to get his name in for nomination.  For instance, he doesn’t have to “win” some of the states that he already lost — if he can get non-binding delegates in caucus states to turn to him instead, he “wins” the state that way even though the official win would belong to a different candidate.

“[T]he rule does NOT block Gingrich from being considered as the nominee,” Gingrich’s spokesman told The Hill.

Even more interesting, Gingrich insinuates that the field still may not be set, and might not be until the convention itself.  “Saying that Mitt Romney may not be able to ‘grind his way toward the nomination’ despite a huge fundraising advantage, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told NPR today that he sees no reason to exit the Republican presidential race and that there’s a chance of a new contender emerging at the party’s convention in August. ‘I’m not so sure you wouldn’t get a series of brand new players’ stepping forward during a brokered convention, he told Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep.”

Even more players?  This might really be the nomination that never ends.

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John Kramer
John Kramer7 years ago

Newt Gingrich should go to Boston and lobby to get prostitution legalized in Massachusetts.

Mike and Janis B.
Janis B7 years ago

Hope so that would be one piece of garbage off the docket.

Juliet D.
judith sanders7 years ago

Yes, of course he'll lose his delegates. Why would anyone even ask?

Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey7 years ago

The Gingrinch only proves that DeNial is not just a river in Egypt.

jo Howard
jo Howard7 years ago

The man just doesn't know when to quit.

Ron B.
Ron B7 years ago

Despite his supposed intelligence, Gingrich acts like he's lost a lot of his marbles sometimes. It's only karma that he lose his delegates as well and hopefully fade away into the sunset once and for all.

Don Hawkins
Don Hawkins7 years ago

Terry K: Newt will be president of the moon! He (practically) said so himself.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence7 years ago

Lets' hope this piece of crap does!

Nicole Gorman
Nicole Gorman7 years ago

He is a truly devious and subversive individual.

Louise D.
Louise D7 years ago

Well he is the Republican deep thinker and most despicable man in America, he is the man responsible for the current hyper partisan nature of the Republican party and it's use of highly deceptive propaganda techniques. He is smart enough to know the long term damage his foreign and domestic policies will do to America, but his short term personal and political interests have really been his only concern. At the moment who will get the nomination a flip flopping Mitt Romney who has been manipulating the current manufactured outrage of the Right Wing or Rick Santorum for whom morality is only about issues sexual virtue but when it comes to special interest money it is a different story. Newt merely has to sit on the fence for the time being who knows he might be getting a new wife as the present one is beginning to look a bit crazy.