The next contest is Kansas, which is holding its caucuses on Saturday. Newt Gingrich has decided to skip campaigning in the state in order to stay focused on the Southern state primaries coming up, reports Politico:
Gingrich cancelled two days of campaigning in Kansas, spokesman R.C. Hammond told reporters. The campaign had released a schedule earlier in the week listing events in Kansas on Friday and Saturday, an attempt to send a clear message that Gingrich wasn’t going to drop out.
But Hammond said the campaign opted to reassess and not send Gingrich to Kansas. Instead, he’ll remain in Alabama and Mississippi until the two states vote on Tuesday, with the exception of potential fundraisers in Chicago, New York City and Houston.
Hammond said it is important for Gingrich to be successful in Alabama and Mississippi to remain in the race.
“Everything between… Spartanburg [S.C], all the way to Texas, they all need to go for Gingrich,” Hammond said.
But while Santorum supporters are suggesting Gingrich should drop out of the race, Gingrich said, per NBC News, “We are staying in this race, because I believe it is going to be impossible for a moderate to win the general election,” Gingrich said.
And he dismissed Santorum as being merely a “good team member.”
“With all respect to my friend from Pennsylvania, Sen. Santorum, there is a big difference between being a good team member and changing the game,” Gingrich said.