Erika Johnsen
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So, let's hash this out: he knows the delegate-odds are stacked wildly against him; he's losing his meager momentum and running out of money; and he has every faith that eventually we'll all unite around the probable nominee Mitt Romney. But, in his infinite and august wisdom, he feels that... it's his personal duty to make Mitt earn it? What the what?

“I think Mitt Romney is clearly the front-runner,” Gingrich said while campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the Tuesday primary. “I think he will probably get 1,144 (delegates), but I think he has to earn it.”

Even so, the former House Speaker refuses to leave the race, saying Friday and he has said before that he’ll continue his campaign until Romney gets enough delegates.

"I am comfortable that the day (Romney) gets 1,144 delegates, we will all unify and support him,” Gingrich told WTMJ News Radio. “But he has to finish earning the delegates, and that’s how the process goes.”

Gingrich's campaign has tried to keep pace this year with support from Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson. But with Gingrich running a distant third to Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in most polls, Adelson suggested Thursday that he will stop financing Gingrich’s now long-shot bid. ...

Earlier this week, a Gingrich spokesman announced the campaign would start charging $50 for a photo opportunity with the candidate, another sign of financial trouble.

Just 8 percent of likely voters in the Wisconsin primary said they would vote for Gingrich, putting him behind Romney, Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, according to an ABC/Marist poll released Friday.

Newt, if your idea of making Mitt Romney "earn it" includes campaign tactics that fundamentally damage the Republican party and conservatism in general, like throwing free enterprise under the bus, we'll be getting enough of that from that Left -- thanks, but no thanks.

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Erika Johnsen

Erika Johnsen is a Web Editor for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @erikajohnsen.