Republican party needs to make up for lost time
Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has announced he will suspend his campaign for the White House within a week. Alachua County Republican Party Chair Stafford Jones says the party will have to work quickly to prepare for the general election.
He says the voters will need some time to unite behind one candidate, but Republicans will come together in time.
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