Newt Gingrich Holds Campaign Rally in Buffalo

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Newt Gingrich, GOP candidate for president, was the featured speaker at a Buffalo rally organized by developer and former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, a fellow Republican. He asked for supporters' votes in next week's presidential primary.

"We need your vote on Tuesday. I am the underdog," he said.

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania suspended his campaign last week, but he is still on the ballot. Tuesday was the last day for candidates to submit documentation to the state Board of Elections to invalidate his candidacy, a spokesman for the agency said. Because of that, the votes for him Tuesday will be counted.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is the other name on Tuesday's GOP primary ballot.

Gingrich conceded during the Buffalo rally that Romney has more money than he does, but he said his own campaign has more people.

In the speech, which lasted more than 20 minutes, Gingrich slammed President Barack Obama's energy policies. He said hydro-fracking in the Pennsylvania portion of the Marcellus Shale has created many jobs. New York has not issued any permits for the practice. State officials said they may finish the review process on its potential environmental impact this summer.

Gingrich said he thinks the nation's economy will begin to improve "late on election night, when it's obvious that Obama has lost."

He also said his administration would propose a treaty "that would asset it is a human right to bear arms."

2 On Your Side Political Analyst Carl Calabrese said Gingrich is continuing his campaign for two reasons: he needs money to pay down campaign debt and he wants to win delegates to expand his influence at the convention this summer.

Gingrich did acknowledge to 2 On Your Side's Ron Plants that some event was held when he was asked about fundraising.

Paladino has been a longtime supporter of Gingrich, who enjoyed Tea Party support throughout the race. In turn, Gingrich endorsed Paladino's run for Governor in 2010. Paladino has been critical of Romney, and in a release said the following:

"Help us send a clear message to the Republican Establishment that financing Mitt Romney's negative advertising campaign against Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum is unacceptable to the Republican rank and file whose desire is to nominate the best candidate to face down the evil that permeates Washington today.  The attempt to shove Mitt Romney's candidacy down the throats of the people is abhorrent."

Cara Matthews, Gannett Albany / WGRZ

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