Gingrich N.H. Paper Endorsement Could Signal Trouble For Romney

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GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is scheduled to campaign in South Carolina Monday evening, one day after winning a surprise endorsement in New Hampshire.

On Sunday, the Manchester Union Leader, the state's largest newspaper, announced it was backing the former House speaker in his bid for the White House, bypassing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Jennifer Horn is a former Republican congressional candidate in New Hampshire and now a Republican political organizer. She said the endorsement could galvanize undecided voters.

"Over 80 percent of New Hampshire voters are still undecided because they haven't been inspired by any of the candidates. And this is something that might start to draw them together," Horn said.

Just the same, questions remain about how much weight the Union Leader endorsement carries these days.

Dante Scala, a professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, joined Morning Edition to talk about Gingrich's latest endorsement and what it means for the GOP field of presidential candidates.


This program aired on November 28, 2011.

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