Washington, D.C. – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will be a ‘no show’ on the February primary ballot in the ‘Show Me State’ of Missouri. When the Gingrich campaign showed up missing on the ballot, reports surfaced that the unorganized campaign made a terrible oversight.
The Gingrich campaign told ABC News after the CNN national security debate, that the missing name among the other top contenders is intentional and not an oversight by the campaign.
“We do elections where you can actually win delegates, we don’t participate in beauty contests,” a spokesman for the campaign said.
The ballot election in February does not count for delegates, however it does usually project who will win the state the follow month or gives momentum to a candidate needing an extra push. In March, the state holds a separate caucus which actually decides who wins Missouri’s Republican delegates for the nominating convention.
Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said they look at it as saving $1000 to register Gingrich’s name on the ballot.
When questioned why the other candidates chose to participate in the election, Hammond defended the campaign’s decision to not put the current leader in the polls for the nomination on the ballot.
“Well that’s what happens when you pay lawyers by the hour, they’ll get you on the ballot anywhere, even the ones you’re not supposed to be.”
The campaign also did not give any information on the handful of Iowa campaign offices set to open across the state, which the campaign has told the media for several weeks would be ‘opening soon.’ The Gingrich campaign has already opened offices in Greenville, S.C. and Manchester, N.H.