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25 May 2012

Georgia Delegates Vow to Vote for Gingrich Until He Releases Them

The ABC News political blog, "The Note," brings news that despite former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich ending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, the National Convention delegates Gingrich won in Georgia will continue to back him . . .

. . . At least until Gingrich releases the delegates from their pledge.

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich won 52 Georgia delegates in March. Even though he dropped from the race, those bound delegates must vote for Gingrich this summer at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., until he releases them to the presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney. Gingrich has yet to do that.

Elected Georgia delegate Stefan Passantino told ABC News he’s legally bound to vote for Gingrich at the convention and would gladly do so.

“Among the Georgia delegation, they remain very true and strong supporters to Newt to this day,” Passantino said. “There will not be much resistance to support him as long as he is seeking that support.”

Dover, Elicia (2012-5-24). Newt Gingrich-Bound Georgia Delegates Sit in Waiting. The Note. Retrieved on 2012-5-25.

Randy Evans, the newly elected Republican National Committee member for Georgia, told ABC News he believes Newt will release his delegates once Mitt Romney hits the magic number of 1,144.