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Newt predicts ‘third place’ in N.H. tonight

Video: The former House speaker says that Mitt Romney could be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.

MERRIMACK, N.H. — Hours before the polls closed in New Hampshire tonight, Newt Gingrich predicted a third place finish in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. In addition, the former House speaker made it clear to HUMAN EVENTS that he was looking forward to facing his Republican rivals in the next battle site in South Carolina Jan. 21.
 
“I think we’ll get third place,” Gingrich told us, as he greeted a raucous crowd of supporters, media and some protesters outside the polling place at Mastricola Elementary School here. During the past few days, he has benefited from a string of crowded events, including a much-publicized forum for veterans in Wolfeboro on the Monday before the balloting. Among those weighing in for him at the event were Robert “Bud” McFarlane, Ronald Reagan’s national security adviser, and former Sen. Bob Smith (R.-N.H.), himself a Vietnam veteran.

Gingrich did concede that Mitt Romney’s years of campaigning in the Granite State would probably net him first place in tonight’s primary. But he quickly added: “Remember how [the late Massachusetts Sen.] Paul Tsongas defeated Bill Clinton in the [Democratic] primary here [in 1992]?”  He reminded us how Bill Clinton went on to defeat Tsongas in a string of subsequent primaries and go on to win the nomination and election as President.
 
The Georgian made little secret that he hopes the place in which he can begin a repeat of Clinton’s political road back is in South Carolina.  He noted that his organization in the Palmetto State has begun to grow at a rapid pace and has picked up impressive supporters recently.  When we cited the news that former Republican Rep. and U.S. Court of Claims Judge John Napier had signed on as his campaign co-chairman, Gingrich said that “John is helping us a lot.  We’ll be strong in South Carolina.”

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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