Newt Gingrich came in second in the Mississippi primary last week, but he got a key vote from an influential friend. Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, an ex-national Republican Party chairman who flirted with his own presidential bid, told ABC News that he voted for Gingrich “out of friendship.”
Barbour said he didn’t want to make an endorsement ahead of the Mississippi primary because he “didn’t want to try to influence anybody’s vote.” He left office on Jan. 10.
Rick Santorum won the Mississippi primary with 32.9% of the vote. Gingrich edged Mitt Romney for second place with 31.3%. Barbour’s nephews, Henry and Austin, are Romney supporters. In the interview Sunday with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Barbour made no predictions about the outcome of the GOP presidential race. “I don’t think anybody’s got it wrapped up, so that means everybody’s still got a chance,” Barbour said.
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