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Newt Gingrich, projected to place no better than fourth in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary, pledged Tuesday night that his campaign would go on.
“This is step two of a long process,” Gingrich said. “This campaign is going to go on to South Carolina. And we’re going to offer the American people something very different. We’re going to offer them an opportunity to participate in very dramatic, very fundamental change in Washington, D.C., and we’re going to prove that I both understand the principles and I understand the practice.”
At the time of the speech, with two-thirds of the vote counted, Gingrich trailed Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman. He was tied with Rick Santorum with about 10% of the vote.
It was a significant fall for the former House speaker, whose candidacy surged in November. Polls had him in second or third place in the state for much of November and December.
Gingrich declared that on Wednesday morning, he would kick off a “campaign for jobs and economic growth, a campaign for a balanced budget, a campaign for returning power to the states,” etc.
“I will do everything I can to win the opportunity to represent you this fall in debating and then defeating Barack Obama,” he said.