Gingrich asks Florida GOP to allocate delegates proportionally

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 02: Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign rally at Xtreme Manufacturing February 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. After coming in second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Florida primary on January 31, Gingrich is looking ahead to Nevada's caucus on February 4.
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Newt Gingrich's campaign on Thursday confirmed it will ask the Florida Republican Party to allocate its delegates proportionally rather than allowing Mitt Romney to receive all 50 of the state's representatives at the Republican National Convention.

Speaking to reporters following a Hispanic Leadership Roundtable in Las Vegas, Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said the campaign would be sending a letter to the Florida GOP.

The Republican National Committee "sent out rules last winter and stated any contest held before a certain date must award its delegates proportionally," Hammond told reporters. "Florida moved its [primary] inside of this date. So therefore we're asking the state party of Florida to enforce the existing rules which state they must award their delegates proportionally."

Asked if they would be contesting the state's allocation process had Gingrich won in Florida, Hammond replied, "Probably not."

In response to the newly raised questions about Florida's winner-take-all status, the Republican Party of Florida put out a statement from chairman Lenny Curry explaining that a rule unanimously passed by its executive board unequivocally stated that Florida would be winner-take-all "if the primary date was moved by statute and Florida was penalized by RNC for the move."

"Florida was winner-take-all before Election Day, we were winner-take-all on Election Day, we will remain winner-take-all," the statement read.

In response to the Gingrich campaign's recent efforts to challenge the ruling, Curry wrote, "It is a shame when the loser of a contest agrees to the rules before, then cries foul after losing."

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