Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, speaks to supporters during a rally in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday.
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In the crowded race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney may be the tortoise, but Newt Gingrich is the newt. And newts are highly adaptive salamanders that regenerate limbs when wounded and emit poison when challenged.
Conventional — and up-to-the-minute contemporary — wisdom pegs Gingrich as the ascendant favorite, knocking other candidates off their posts and platforms like an Angry Bird.
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich talks with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (left) and PBS <em>Nightly Business Report</em> co-anchor and managing editor Tom Hudson during a Nov. 1 forum on manufacturing at Vermeer Manufacturing in Pella, Iowa.
As the Republican presidential candidates prepare for another debate, this one Saturday night in South Carolina, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been campaigning in New Hampshire.
He opened up his state headquarters Friday, buoyed by some recent polls that show his support increasing among Republican voters. A new CBS poll has him tied for second place with Mitt Romney, behind Herman Cain.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX) former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and businessman Herman Cain stand on stage before first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester on Monday. Many GOP candidates have come to the surface throughout the past year.
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Even though "the entire top echelon of New Gingrich's presidential campaign resigned on Thursday," the former House speaker is saying he's still in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination: