LAS VEGAS (AP) — Newt Gingrich is wooing NASCAR voters.
As he charts a possible course to the Republican nomination, aides say Gingrich will paint frontrunner Mitt Romney as the candidate of the PGA golf tour while the former House speaker pursues the blue collar mantle of Dale Earnhardt.
It’s a strategy that exploits the class warfare Gingrich professes to oppose. Still, it could pay dividends once the GOP race again swings South. Gingrich sees delegate-rich Texas as a firewall in April. But he must slog through more than 30 contests before that.
Still, even as the former Georgia congressman casts himself as a national candidate, noting that he’ll head to California next week, it is the South — with its evangelicals and social conservatives — that could prove pivotal.
“We want to get to Georgia, to Alabama, to Tennessee. We want to get to Texas,” Gingrich said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
He failed to mention Virginia, the state he now calls home, and where he failed to qualify to get on the ballot. The error is costly. It means he won’t be eligible for any of the state’s 46 delegates.
Kind of a silly headline actually, but it is what it is – NASCAR is not an exclusively southern sport, although many of the ‘media elite’ seem t0 think so. The ‘tell’ for the Gingrich campaign and its certain collapse was the failure to get on the ballot in Virginia – bad management I would say and not a good recommendation for a man who wants to run the most powerful nation on this planet.
Do you think he messed up getting the signatures to appear on the VA ballot because Callista insisted on that Mediterranean cruise about that time? You know – the cruise that caused many of his campaign professionals to pack their bags and go elsewhere.