While party rules may prevent Newt Gingrich from being presented for the Republican presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, ABC News notes that this isn’t as meaningful as some have made it out to be.
“If Gingrich fails to meet the five-state threshold, he won’t be eligible for the nomination when the convention begins. No delegate will be able to nominate him for the nomination, technically, on the convention floor. This rule doesn’t nix Gingrich’s chances, even if he fails to win five states. Effectively, anyone can win the GOP’s nomination in Tampa, without having won or even campaigned in a single state… An RNC official acknowledged that on later rounds of voting, it would be possible for a motion to be made to nominate a candidate who did not qualify on previous rounds. Essentially, the nomination-for-the-nomination process begins anew. At that point, a new candidate could demonstrate plurality support from five states and qualify.”