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Gingrich challenges Florida's winner-take-all delegate plan

Gingrich challenges Florida's winner-take-all delegate plan
Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign rally at Xtreme Manufacturing in Las Vegas on Feb. 2, 2012. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Newt Gingrich

is challenging Florida's winner-take-all primary, arguing in a letter that is being sent Thursday that since the state held its primary early it must award delegates proportionally under existing Republican National Committee policies.

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"The RNC already has an existing rule that any contest held before a certain date ... need[s] to award delegates proportionally," said Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond. "We are writing the state party of Florida to ask them to enforce that rule."

Gingrich was tromped by rival

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Mitt Romney
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in Tuesday's primary, with the former Massachusetts governor winning by 14 percentage points and receiving all of the state's 50 delegates.

But under the RNC's rules, any state that holds a primary or a caucus before April 1 is to award its delegates on a proportional basis rather than giving  the winner a lump sum.

Florida was already stripped of half its delegates by the RNC for holding its primary earlier than it was supposed to.

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Hammond made the remarks to reporters after Gingrich held a Latino town hall meeting at a restaurant here.

The

Republican Party

of Florida rejected Gingrich's complaint.

"Florida was winner-take-all before election day, we were winner-take-all on election day, we will remain winner-take-all," party Chairman Lenny Curry said in a statement. "It is a shame when the loser of a contest agrees to the rules before, then cries foul after losing."

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