Gingrich Cuts Republican Presidential Campaign Staff
Newt Gingrich is reorganizing his presidential campaign, cutting staff and scaling back his schedule following a series of losses in Republican primary contests and a shortage of funds for his candidacy.
The former U.S. House speaker from Georgia is remaining in the race, though cutting one-third of his staff, including campaign manager Michael Krull, he acknowledged in a radio interview this morning.
“We’re staying in, that’s exactly why we’re downsizing,” Gingrich said on WTOP, a Washington radio station. “We’re doing the appropriate things to be able to campaign.”
Rather than attempt to surpass former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the count of delegates needed for their party’s nomination, Gingrich’s campaign has adopted a strategy of preventing Romney from reaching the 1,144 delegates needed and forcing a fight at the party’s convention in August.
After winning a 12-point victory in the March 20 Illinois primary, Romney has 568 delegates, according to an Associated Press tally. Santorum is next with 273, followed by Gingrich with 135 and U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas with 50.
Gingrich reported more than $1.5 million in debt by the end of February, according to Federal Election Commission filings. He also listed almost $1.5 million cash on hand, less than any of his Republican rivals.
Gingrich has won two of the 32 contests held in the Republican race so far, with the last win in Georgia, which he represented in the House for two decades, on March 6. Earlier this week, he canceled a campaign trip to North Carolina.
The Wall Street Journal, Politico and other media reported Gingrich’s campaign adjustments before his WTOP interview.
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