2012 ELECTION

Newt Gingrich needs to stay on tight budget

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says his campaign will have to stay on a tight budget to make it to the convention.

Newt Gingrich in Annapolis Tuesday. (Photo: Scott Thuman)

Gingrich says he has enough to keep going, but his campaign must stay on "a fairly tight budget" to reach the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla. Gingrich was campaigning Tuesday in Annapolis.

He is criticizing Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to raise taxes on gasoline. Gingrich says he will be talking about his plan for energy independence at an event later in Salisbury.

Maryland's primary, with 37 delegates at stake is set for next Tuesday. Rep. Ron Paul is scheduled to be at the University of Maryland, College Park, on Wednesday. Mitt Romney was in Arbutus last week.

Gingrich admitted times are tough. Money is running out, supporters now pay $50 a photo, staff salaries may be cut and - never a good sign - reporters are bailing.

When asked if he minded that embedded reporters were being called off his campaign, Gingrich replied: “No, not much. No actually, as much as I like some of them personally. Today is a good example. Everywhere I go we get a lot of coverage.”

Gingrich was swarmed Tuesday as he popped into a Chick-and-Ruth’s Delly. And while some voters call it a waste of time, others caution against that judgment.

It seems to be enough encouragement to keep Gingrich dreaming of an open convention where he is named the nominee.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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