Rocky Road Ahead for Gingrich as Romney and Santorum March Ahead

The day after the Republican Primary Contests in Alabama and Mississippi in which Newt Gingrich finished second, the calls for him to step down only grew louder. He is still sticking to his guns and not budging, he says he will continue to be part of the contest.

In spite of him campaigning with all vigour and passion in Illinois, where the primary will unfold on Tuesday, Republicans have resigned to the fact that from now on this will be a two horse race between Romney and Santorum.

As it has been insisted over and over again, supporters of Rick Santorum believe that if Gingrich steps down from the race, it will help put all conservative votes behind one leader, who can take on Romney. In spite of Gingrich having only a vote share of 10 to 15 percent, people firmly believe the whole vote share would add to Santorum’s conservative vote bank. Having said that, it is still unclear if Gingrich supporters would back Santorum in the event of Gingrich stepping down. The man who is smiling at the moment is Mitt Romney, his lead at the top keeps growing while his conservative rivals sweat it out.

The number game is simple; a leader would at least need 1,444 delegates to clinch the nomination to take on President Obama in the November 6 Presidential election. At the moment, former Massachusetts Governor Romney is the front-runner and favourite to take on Obama. Romney is sitting pretty at the top with 484 delegates, followed by Santorum with 239, while Gingrich has 136 and Ron Paul, 69.

The upcoming primary contests are in Missouri (Saturday), Puerto Rico (Sunday) and Illinois (Tuesday). Romney, using all his financial clout backed by his super PAC’s, has splashed the cash in these states to win the nomination. The case of Gingrich is one in complete contrast. From the beginning, he’s been running a low budget campaign, with these recent losses fundraising is a concern. Rick Tyler, the man behind the PAC backing Gingrich said “We’re going to keep going as long as Newt Gingrich is in this race. Money makes things easier, but (a lack of it) is not going to stop us from going forward. We’ll just have to work harder at making news.”

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