How Newt Gingrich still claims relevancy in this campaign is beyond me since he couldn’t even surpass the 50% threshold in his own home state of Georgia on Tuesday.  As he’s taking it easy in Alabama perhaps he’ll finally have to deal with political reality – this is a two person race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.  Gingrich is just getting in the way.  In keeping with my comments on the Super Tuesday results Rick Santorum is poised to take Alabama based on the latest poll.  Gingrich is in third place in a state he must win.

It’s certainly not a slam dunk however with almost 30% of Alabama Republicans being undecided (how can you be undecided at this point?):

The statewide poll conducted by Alabama State University’s Center for Leadership and Public Policy showed 22.7 percent of likely Republican voters supported Santorum, who is scheduled to make campaign appearances Thursday in Huntsville and Mobile.

Former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney trailed Santorum with 18.7 percent, followed by Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House from neighboring Georgia, with 13.8 percent.

The telephone poll of 470 likely GOP voters showed 29.8 remained undecided and 15 percent saying they intended to support other candidates. The poll did not ask voters whether they supported Ron Paul, the Texas congressman seeking the GOP nomination…

…But the poll results indicate that support for Gingrich is waning in Alabama, according to ASU political science professor Thomas Vocino.

“The numbers are just not in his favor, and the trend is working against him,” Vocino said. “I can’t foresee a situation where he can rebound and win in Alabama.”

Gingrich it’s time to say “adieu”.

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  1. Some of us like Newt, nobody has a right to tell him to leave the campaign. For those of us who prefer Newt over the other two, he should stay in and fight the establishment imposing Romney and now Santorum on us. Rick Santorum has 0 chance of winning in November!

    1. Since I have free speech rights I have the right to tell him whatever I like.  He didn’t have a problem telling Santorum to get out after South Carolina.  Also to call Rick Santorum an establishment candidate is ridiculous.  Please show me who in the establishment is pushing Santorum because that’s news to me.

      1.  I just posted my comment, if this is the way you treat those who read you and also advertise you, as I do through a direct link with your headlines on my blog, then I guess I won’t be taking advantage of my free speech rights on your blog any more. The comment was not directed to you in particular, it was directed to all those who are pushing Newt out of the race. Sorry if it offended you, I thought you wanted opinions and I gave mine.

      2. How exactly did I attack/offend/wrong you with my commment? Since I authored the post who was I to think you were directing your comment to? I was not offended, but I disagree. Obviously Speaker Gingrich will make up his own mind, but at this point I believe his staying in the race at this point only helps Romney.

        I would also like to see some examples of this establishment support of Santorum. As I said before this is news to me.

      3. “Since I have free speech rights I have the right to tell him whatever I like.”

        You think this is a nice answer to a reader?

      4. I think it was direct, perhaps more than I should have been, but it wasn’t intended to be unkind or disrespectful. I was asserting my “right” to state Gingrich should get out of the race. He has the “right” to ignore said opinion. I certainly didn’t mean to offend you.

        Now did Gingrich have a “right” to tell Santorum to get out of the race after South Carolina?

      5. Thank you for your acknowledgment. No, I don’t think Newt had the right to tell Santorum to get out of the race either. I think as long as each think they have a chance, they have the right to stay. When I said they were trying to push candidates on us, what I meant was some commentators and the media. This I see every day. Maybe the establishment was the wrong term to use, since they are really pushing Romney. I remember the 2008 saga when Hillary and Obama were at it until June, so why push Republicans to end it now when there are so many states left to vote?

      6. Shane,

        Of course you have the right, but it seems a little premature when recent polls show Newt close in Alabama and Mississippi. If he wins both of those, he could regain momentum. (I know, big if.) Santurum is still being vetted and has dropped in popularity in some polls.

        I do, however think it was a mistake for Newt to ask Santurum to bow out when he did. Although I do not care for Santurum, I thought he was doing well enough at the time to stay in.

        I want to see Newt stay in it all the way because I don’t think Sancturum or Mitt can beat Obama AND I think they will set the Republican party backwards. Neither one of them exhibit the leadership I think the conservative movement needs.

        You (the general “you”) can call us stupid and short-sighted, but there are many of us out here that see Newt as, not just the best of a bad bunch, but the man for our time.

        I do appreciate you posting this, but you may want to keep in mind how confrontational you sound when you respond to commenters. When you are the writer of the article, it carries a lot more weight than as if you are just somebody sitting on a couch somewhere in his underwear.

      7. Please settle down Amarissa & “Onemansopinion” Shane wasn’t confrontational, lighten up. As a Newt supporter
        I don’t think he should get out of the race, but I am a little disheartened that he isn’t doing better in the southern states. As for Romney or Santorum not being able to beat Obama I don’t believe that one little bit! Remember the old Bill Clinton saying “it’s the economy stupid” well this economy SUCKS and the people will vote out the President.

  2. I think it’s best to keep things going as Gov. Palin says.   I Like Santorum’s book “It Takes a Family”.  Back when everyone thought Hillary was going to  be the DNC nominee.

    My advice to Rick, Obama ain’t like U.S. Senator (empty suit faux pro-life Casper)  Don’t campaign against Obama like you did Casper, or you are toast!!!   I was suprised (at the time during the 08′ selection)  that Santorum did not make any comments regarding the Black Panther voter intimidation
    in Philedelphia.  (not any that I know of). 

    During the selection in 08′ , the “American Idol” voters of  America wanted to be cool.  They did not want manna they said “Give us Political correctness Light!”  (or so they thought)   “We want meat!”  They said.    The birds are falling from the sky. Are we sick of meat yet?

    Palin/West  2012    The Narnia Ticket!

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