Gingrich Campaign In Doubt After Southern Losses

Newt Gingrich may not be ready to admit it, but his presidential hopes are all but over and calls will be getting louder for him to step aside.

The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, who had hoped to revitalize his sagging campaign for the Republican presidential nomination with wins in the South, came in a disappointing second in Mississippi and Alabama on Tuesday despite pouring money and time into the two states.

"This really was his last chance to show whether he had the ability to win," said Natalie Davis, professor of political science at Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. "If he can't win in Alabama ... he really can't win anywhere. This was his last stand and he lost."

Republican strategist Ford O'Connell predicted a chorus of politicians urging Gingrich to drop his White House bid.

"There absolutely will be calls for Gingrich to step aside," said O'Connell.

"It makes it very hard as an argument for donors to say I'm getting delegates just to block someone," said O'Connell. "The question is how much do Gingrich's backers not want to see Santorum win? Gingrich's presence in the race certainly hinders Rick Santorum, which benefits Mitt Romney."

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