Report: Bauer Calls on Gingrich to Leave Race
Bauer, head of Campaign for Working Families, said he polled 200,000 conservatives and found that 74 percent of them want to unite behind a single candidate and that 82 percent of that group want the nominee to be Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, the newspaper reported. Just 18 percent chose front-runner Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, 16 percent picked Gingrich, the former House speaker, and 1 percent backed Paul, a Texas congressman.
"A strong consensus is emerging at the conservative grassroots to unite behind Senator Santorum," Bauer, who ran for president briefly himself in 2000, told the newspaper. "There is great admiration for Newt Gingrich's contributions to conservatism, as well as his debating abilities. But the overwhelming sentiment was that he could most help the conservative cause by standing with Santorum so that voters have a clear choice in the remaining primaries."
In a response, Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told National Journal/CBS News, "With all due respect to Mr. Bauer, we are going to take the support of leaders like Don Wildmon here in Mississippi and Jim Garlow in California and head to Tampa."
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