Newt Gingrich: New Plan Could Cost Him the Presidential Nomination

Newt Gingrich says he wants to establish a colony on the moon, which could eventually become a U.S. state. He hopes to accomplish this by the end of his second term. He also plans on launching a new Mars rocket program, meaning that we could get to Mars in a significantly short period of time.

However, this may not happen.

In the recent Maine Republican Caucus, Gingrich won only 6.7% of the vote. Romney, Paul, and Santorum won 39.0%, 34.9%, and 18.1% respectively.

Also, he is not on the Missouri or Virginia ballot, in which the latter could potentially hurt his chances of grabbing the Republican Presidential nomination.

Gingrich told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that missing out on the Missouri ballot was not a mistake. “The Missouri primary doesn’t have any delegates attached to it.” According to the Huffington Post, the state’s 52 delegates will be apportioned at a caucus on March 17.

As for missing out on the Virginia ballot, Gingrich says it is an embarrassment since he now considers Virginia as his home state. In order to be on the ballot, a candidate must get 10,000 signatures from state residents.

Delegate count as of 2/24/12:

Mitt Romney: 105
Rick Santorum: 71
Newt Gingrich: 29
Ron Paul: 18

Missing out on Virginia’s 49 delegates, as well as farfetched proposals, could put a dent into Gingrich’s campaign.


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