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At the same time, Mr. Gingrich aggressively fought back against questions about his personal character that rose to the forefront after his now ex-wife told ABC he had asked her for an “open marriage” while having an affair.

In the end, the race shook out in favor of Mr. Gingrich, who has argued that Mr. Romney is the “establishment” candidate while the former House speaker represents a threat to the Washington status quo.

“The establishment is right to be worried about a Gingrich nomination, because a Gingrich nomination means that we’re going to change things,” he said. “We’re going to make the establishment very uncomfortable. We’re going to demand real change in Washington, real audit of the Federal Reserve, real knowledge about where hundreds of billions of dollars have gone.”