Gingrich dismisses Romney win in ‘very heavily Mormon state’

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After a double-digit loss in Nevada, Newt Gingrich vowed Saturday night to keep on fighting up until the Republican National Convention, and complained the decks were stacked against him.

“Our commitment is to seek to find a series of victories which by the end of the Texas primary [on April 3] will leave us about at parity with Gov. Romney and from that point forward to see if we can't actually win the nomination,” he said. “We will continue to campaign all the way to Tampa.”


Mitt Romney has won three of the first five Republican contests and is favored in the next four. Gingrich, however, showed no signs of folding.

“What happens is every primary day … the Romney headquarters in Boston sends out the rumor that they believe I will withdraw, which is of course their greatest fantasy,” Gingrich said at a press conference following his double-digit loss to the former governor of Massachusetts. “I'm not going to withdraw.”

Gingrich said Romney was always the odds-out favorite to win again in Nevada after his 2008 victory. Nevada is a “very heavily Mormon state,” he said. Gingrich added that Romney outspent him five to one and that Nevada's caucus system benefited Ron Paul.

Gingrich said Romney's unfair attacks against him were partially responsible for his slack poll numbers. He was 12 points ahead in Iowa, he said, when the campaign was positive, and he blamed Romney for the changing the tone in increasingly bitter debates and TV ads over the past few weeks.