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Mr. Livingston, who is co-hosting the fundraiser with former Rep. Bob Walker of Pennsylvania, thinks Mr. Gingrich’s surge will continue throughout the campaign and carry him to the nomination.

“He is the only candidate in the entire race who has actually solved major problems for the country, and we have such devastating problems right now,” Mr. Livingston said. “He has the ability that few people have, but [Ronald] Reagan had — to speak over the heads of opponents and the press and directly to the people.”