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Gingrich releases his delegates, urges support for Romney



Newt Gingrich, who once pledged to fight for the nomination all the way to Tampa, today sent a letter to the delegates he secured in the primaries and told them to support Mitt Romney.

Gingrich had collected more than 100 delegates before dropping out but that's insignificant in the grand scheme. Florida's primary was winner take all and Romney won. Ron Paul is boasting a bigger group of delegates but there's little sign of trouble for Romney.

Dear Delegates:

With the RNC National Convention beginning in Tampa within the next few days, it is time now for all Republicans to come together in common purpose to defeat President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.  Everyone must do their part and Callista and I are committed to doing everything that we can.
Toward that end, I hereby release all delegates bound or pledged to me under any and all state laws or party rules.  At the same time, I call upon them and all Americans committed to a safer and more prosperous American future to join Callista and me in strongly supporting the Romney-Ryan ticket.  Together, we can and will defeat Barack Obama in November.


[Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 6:49pm]


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