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Gingrich Plans Push in Iowa

Perhaps sensing momentum in the state, a spokesman for the former Speaker of the House says final preparations are under way to open five campaign offices in Iowa.

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich apparently has decided one of his best hopes to move his campaign forward is to set up shop in Iowa.

Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told Patch back in September that an Iowa campaign office would open in the middle of October. That never happened.

Today, though, Hammond told Patch that Gingrich will not open just one office, but five of them around Iowa — and soon.

"There are plans for it to happen," Hammond said in a phone interview. "We're in the final stages of interviewing staff."

Gingrich may be sensing a bit of momentum in Iowa from recent events. Last month, speaking at a gathering of evangelicals along with all the major candidates except Mitt Romney, Gingrich's performance was roundly seen as the best of the bunch.

And earlier this week, Patch reported that 32 percent of Iowa respondents in the Patch-Huffington Post survey of influential Republicans said there is a good chance they will endorse the former Speaker of the House.

"We've seen several rabbits run by and then fall asleep, so now we just want to keep moving forward," Gingrich said in Washington last week.

Jumping ahead in Iowa have been Romney and Herman Cain, who pollsters say were in a virutal tie last week among likely caucus-goers.

They are both skipping the Republican Party of Iowa's annual in Des Moines this week. Gingrich will speak.

Marlene DaRos November 03, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Newt is the most 'presidential' candidate in the race. And that includes Obama. A bounty if experience, common sense and determination to steer this country around.
Todd Richissin November 03, 2011 at 10:33 PM
Why do you think he's so late getting up in Iowa, though?
David Leonard November 04, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Newt doesn't play nice.
Marlene DaRos November 04, 2011 at 03:47 PM
I see a smart statesman, standing aside watching the field of players duke it out. His strategy is, the others will battle each other. Making themselves look like fools. Newt is methodical, takes his time, will make his move in due time by presenting intelligent solutions; more will take notice of his positions because we'll soon tire of the bickering. The DM Register needs to stop controlling the process!
Todd Richissin November 04, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Marlene: I agree that New is taking the slow-and-steady approach. But when do you think he needs to kick it into gear? We're less than two months from the Caucuses.
Marlene DaRos November 04, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Newt plans to open five offices in Iowa soon. He's scheduled to speak at tonight's GOP Ronald Reagan banquet. He's already said he'll gradually present his new 'contract with America', over several months ahead. Again, I think he knows what he's doing and knows the others will stumble on their own tongues. IMHO
Todd Richissin November 04, 2011 at 04:34 PM
I get the sense he's gained some momentum, certainly in Iowa. My hunch -- only a hunch -- is that his numbers will reflect that in the next polls that come out.
colorado girl November 05, 2011 at 01:42 AM
Newt continously shows up with the solutions and the answers. He has my vote - We need a strong president who actually understands the process and can get things done. Go Newt - Colorado
colorado girl November 05, 2011 at 01:49 AM
BTW ... I can't wait for the results on Fox news... What's with the Romney / Cain no show..Watching the debate now and Mitt has "What" a satelite performance after the fact ..why bother..where is he . New Hampshire? Cain...at his lawyers office... unacceptable ..
Sheri November 10, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Newt undoubtedly has the Winnability vs. Obama, the Experience and knowledge of what goes on in the white house; the ins and outs of Congress; and the NON- gullability of eeking out a weak foreighn policy as Obama has.... Hes definitely got my VOTE... Romney--too wishy washy; Cain-- NO foreign knowledge at ALL! Perry-- no comment.. The best of the Hill Country Kerrville TX

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