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Gingrich gains endorsements in Delaware

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Despite running on fumes, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign continues rolling out the endorsements — in Delaware.

The Gingrich camp announced in an email blast Friday that Terry Spence, former Speaker of the Delaware House, is supporting the Georgia Republican’s presidential bid.

“Under Newt’s leadership with the Contract With America, he led a team that balanced the budget, paid off the national debt, and reformed our welfare system,” Mr. Spence said in the release. “We desperately need Newt’s knowledge, experience, and bold leadership skills to get America back on the right track. While other candidates have ignored Delaware, Newt has been campaigning here aggressively and I encourage my fellow Delawareans to vote for Newt Gingrich next Tuesday.”

On Thursday, the touted the endorsement of Geoff Klopp, president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware.

Mr. Gingrich’s campaign has fallen on hard times since winning the March 6 primary in Georgia, the state he represented in Congress for decades, and the Jan. 21 contest in South Carolina.

Last week, it was reported that the he may not appear on the June 26 ballot in Utah after a $500 check, the required filing fee, bounced — prompting a skit from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” where a Gingrich-look-a-like is shown passed out in the back of a van, wrapped in an American flag and face down in an empty doughnut box.

He scored headlines this week after a penguin bit one of his fingers during a visit to the St. Louis Zoo. And since then, he’s also come under pressure from tax activists to call off his Secret Service protection in order to save taxpayers money — estimated to cost upwards of $40,000 per day.

Mr. Gingrich, though, has pledged to stay in the race until Mitt Romney secures the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination.

Delaware holds its primary next Tuesday, the same day as contests in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

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