Newt Tells Me It's All Over If Mitt Wins In South Carolina

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | January 13, 2012 | 1:18 PM EST

New Gingrich told me today that it’s all over if he doesn’t win in South Carolina:

“There’s no more time for talking about stopping Mitt Romney. We’re going to do it next week in South Carolina or he’s almost certain to be the Republican nominee,” says a fundraising e-mail I received today from “Newt Gingrich.”

Now, I love hyperbole as much as the next guy (I really, really, really do). But, this seems like a risky sales pitch.

Sure, it creates a sense of urgency – but, what if Newt loses S.C. by a point or two? Does that mean all of his supporters should close their wallets and go home? After all, Romney would “almost certainly” be the nominee.

Newt also tells me voters can, if they choose, pick “a timid Massachusetts moderate Republican to take on a secular socialist.”

Or, he says, they can “nominate a bold Reagan conservative.”

Who, exactly, would that be, I wonder.

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