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“Protest votes at this point are meaningless,” Lavelle said, adding that rewarding Gingrich with votes simply because he spent time in Delaware doesn’t make sense.

“It’s parochial beyond belief at this point,” said Lavelle, Wilmington Republican. “… Ultimately, what is the point, other than his ego?”

A man who declined to give his name as he left a polling place Tuesday at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School in Camden said casting a ballot for Gingrich would be a waste because he wasn’t going to win the nomination.