Can Newt Gingrich Pull An Upset In Delaware?

If this occurs, Team Romney will endure another headache as it tries to transition to the general election. Politico's Ginger Gibson has more:

Newt Gingrich has got a new hope: the tiny but dangerous state of Delaware.

With Mitt Romney and the national press corps now focused on the general election, Gingrich is hoping to become the Christine O’Donnell of the 2012 race — rallying the state’s conservatives to pull off an upset victory over the more moderate candidate who never saw it coming.

While Romney has ignored it, Gingrich has spent most of his time recently in Delaware, a state with only 17 delegates that will be awarded on a winner-take-all basis in Tuesday night’s primary races, which also include Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York.

Sure, a win by the former House speaker — who has laid off most of his staff and is millions of dollars in debt — in Delaware is still a longshot.

Delaware isn’t a key primary state like Pennsylvania or Ohio, and a win there isn’t going to turn the tide of momentum away from Romney. But it would be an irritating distraction for the Romney campaign, which continues to struggle with the party’s base.

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published this page in In The News 2012-04-24 00:23:00 -0400
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