Newt Gingrich is still alive, and well, and living in New Hampshire and Iowa long after his bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination was supposed to be over, according to the National Review Online
National Review political reporter Robert Costa said in a story Monday that the former House speaker “was supposed to be finished” four months ago after some of his top campaign advisers abandoned ship.
But since then his poll numbers have risen — some surveys this month put him in double digits and fourth place — and he’s scored some points in the debates by appearing steady and calm and willing to take on the media in defense of the GOP field as a whole.
Now his aides, according to Costa, are looking at ways for him to capitalize on “the resurrection.”
“There is plenty of room,” Gingrich campaign spokesman R. C. Hammond told Costa. Hammond predicted that by the time the snow starts flying in Iowa and New Hampshire, Gingrich’s “tortoise” campaign would be giving the other contenders a real run for the nomination.
Hammond was quoted as saying that optimism is now backed up by cash. Gingrich has pulled in nearly $200,000 just in the past week, which has helped the campaign hire a few more staffers and put together some Web videos for the early state primaries.
In New Hampshire, Gingrich has also hired tea party leader Andrew Hemingway to help out.
Important to his revival, one Gingrich insider told Costa, is for the former speaker to avoid “becoming a reactor to events or competitors” and to simply focus on getting his message out about how he would govern.
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