Newt Gingrich hinted to reporters on Monday that he would consider ending his increasingly quixotic bid for the White House after Tuesday’s primaries in Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
“I think we need to take a deep look at what we are doing,” the former House Speaker told NBC News. “We will be in North Carolina tomorrow night and we will look and see what the results are.”
Of particular interest to Gingrich is Delaware, where he has been campaigning heavily for weeks. Should he lose the state and its 17 delegates, he acknowledged he would have to “reassess” his campaign.
Gingrich, however, also criticized presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney for turning his attention to the upcoming general election campaign against President Barack Obama.
“Gov. Romney is clearly the frontrunner but that doesn’t mean he is inevitable,” Gingrich told a crowd at GOP headquarters in Delaware. “It is very dangerous for frontrunners to start behaving like they are inevitable because the voters might decide that’s not so true.”
“Frankly, I think it is a mistake for Romney to kick-off his general election campaign tomorrow in New Hampshire,” he added. “He has about half the votes he needs to be nominated.”