Gingrich Sources: Newt Will Drop Out If He Stumbles in Delaware

by Robert Costa

A source close to the Gingrich campaign tells National Review Online that the former House speaker will leave the GOP presidential primary if he does not “win or come in a close second in Delaware,” which holds its primary today. “A big loss in Delaware would cause Newt and the campaign to reassess,” the source says. “We need momentum in order to survive and compete in the May primaries.”

A second source close to Gingrich confirms that the candidate and his senior team are looking for a “win or close second” in Delaware. If that doesn’t happen, the second source says, the speaker will likely announce his plans to “reassess” tonight in North Carolina, followed by a more official departure later this week.