ORLANDO - Newt Gingrich defiantly vowed last night to take his bid for the presidency to all corners of the country and return victorious to the GOP national convention in Florida.
As his campaign team laid out a strategy to win Southern states and do well enough in other contests to survive, Gingrich took a more ambitious and combative approach that belies growing doubts over his candidacy.
“We’re going to have people-power defeat money-power in the next six months,’’ he said, alluding to Mitt Romney’s deep pockets. Notably, Gingrich did not congratulate his rival for his victory.
Analysts said the road ahead will be tough for Gingrich, beginning with Saturday’s caucuses in Nevada, where Romney has a head start in money and organization. With the next debate not until Feb. 22 and Deep South states not voting until March, Gingrich must hold on through a month of contests that favor Romney.
A string of losses would only intensify calls from the Republican establishment for Gingrich to quit.
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