With a 20-point lead in some polls and a backyard advantage over his rivals, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has no room for another surprise finish on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary, according to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
"Look, this is one of his three best states along with Utah and Massachusetts. If he doesn't win here, he couldn't stay in the race," Gingrich declared today on ABC's "Good Morning America.”
The former speaker said a number of advisors encouraged him to skip the New Hampshire primary altogether. “I think that’s wrong. This is where the race is this week. This is where I’m prepared to talk about a Massachusetts moderate who raised hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes,” said Gingrich.
Romney is vying to become the first Republican to win in both Iowa and New Hampshire since they became the first two states to vote, 40 years ago.
Gingrich sharpened his criticism of Romney in recent days and blames a series of political attack ads from a super PAC backing Romney with unfairly destroying the lead he once held in Iowa polls. Earlier this week Gingrich labeled Romney a "liar" who would lie to the American people if he won the White House.
In his his first campaign TV commercial aimed at Romney, Gingrich brands Romney’s economic proposal as "timid." The spot was due to air in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Gingrich predicts that a conservative alternative to Romney will emerge from the remaining candidates who will ultimately defeat him.
“In his so-called win in Iowa, having campaigned for five years and spent I think $20 million, he got 25 percent. That’s one out of four. Three out of four said ‘no’ after five years of campaigning,” according to Gingrich. “He’s got to get a majority somewhere. I don’t think against the three of us he’s going to get a majority. We’ll gradually coalesce. One of us will emerge as the conservative alternative. That conservative alternative will beat Romney.”
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