Guy Benson
Now that Newt Gingrich has become the first 'top-tier' Republican to formally declare his candidacy for president, how might his presence, name-recognition, baggage, and fundraising prowess shape the GOP race moving forward?  I discussed these questions with host Jonathan Hunt and Democratic Strategist Joe Slakas on

Newt will likely need social conservatives to coalesce behind him to widen his perceived narrow path to victory.  As I said in the clip, though, it'd be foolish to immediately write off someone with the organization and resources that Newt has at his disposal.

Guy Benson

Guy Benson is's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

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