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After late start, Gingrich chases absentee ballots in Fla



While Mitt Romney has hit up Florida Republicans with numerous mail pieces and advertised across the state, his opponents have been quiet. Until now.

Newt Gingrich is sending out so-called "chase mail" to persuade absentee-ballot voters to pick him. But is it too late? More than 435,067 absentee ballots have been requested, and 107,779 of have sent them back and voted. The likely beneficiary: Romney.

So is it too late for Gingrich? Outside the offices of Radio Mambi this morning, he told us in one word: "No."

Gingrich: "We have a mailer going out now we have other things going on now, but look, he's raised millions of dollars from Wall Street. So if you just measure by money, he's always going to have more money than we do, then Obama's going to have more money than he does. So if money's the only solution then Obama will be reelected. What we have as you saw today is real messages for the people of Florida, and I think that overall we'll do just fine here....We're going up in both radio and TV. And mostly going up with direct mail."

Marc Caputo

[Last modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 4:20pm]


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