All signs point to the exit, but Newt Gingrich just won’t drop out of the race.
Utah election officials have confirmed that a $500 check Gingrich’s campaign wrote them for ballot fees bounced recently.
Of course, Gingrich is downplaying the self-described “goofy” accounting error by saying the check was written in December but not cashed by the state of Utah until March. He claims the account was closed during that lag time and his campaign set up a new account.
However, the Utah Director of Elections, Mark Thomas, said via the Salt Lake Tribune that the application and check were both submitted in March.
Someone is lying and it doesn’t seem like it’s the state of Utah.
Thomas’s version makes sense. Why would Gingrich’s team close an account knowing they still had an important outstanding check? The funds were to ensure that Gingrich’s appeared on Utah’s June 26 ballot.
Political pundits have been saying that Newt’s funding sources have dried up. This was clearly evidenced by his $50 apiece photo opp deal he presented to supporters few weeks ago.
I’m starting to believe the financial hardship story more now. Campaigns aren’t cheap to run and bouncing checks for critical expenditures might be a telltale sign that it’s time to fold.
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Do you think Newt Gingrich’s pride will ever let him bow out of the presidential race gracefully?