Newt Gingrich insisted Monday that he would continue in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination until Mitt Romney secured the 1,144 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination, saying ‘a whole new conversation’ would occur if the frontrunner was also unable to hit the necessary total.
“I think the morning that he gets 1,144 that are locked down, then I think he claim to be the nominee. But until then, he’s not the nominee,” Gingrich said on CNN. “Remember, I’m from Atlanta, where we were ahead by 10.5 games last year with only 28 games to go, and the Cardinals didn’t quit. Everybody wanted them to, but they just kept coming and they ended up winning. I think this is not over until it’s over. ”
The former House Speaker went on to acknowledge that while Mitt Romney was the frontrunner, he had not given a dominating performance in the primaries thus far.
“Look, I think the front-runner’s clearly Mitt Romney. Out of 10 million votes cast so far, he’s only gotten four million. So he’s the weakest front-runner in modern times,” Gingrich said.