WSJ: Adelson Wants Gingrich Strong to Split Conservative Vote

J.J. Goldberg Reports: Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas gaming billionaire, is reported  to be on the verge of donating another $10 million to the pro-Newt Gingrich  super-PAC Winning Our Future, which should give some new steam to Gingrich’s  fading hopes of winning the Republican nomination. But not that much. According to a Wall Street Journal report,  Adelson doesn’t particularly expect Gingrich to win.  He wants to keep the  former House speaker going in order to split up Rick Santorum’s social  conservative base and smooth the path for Mitt Romney, who Adelson considers  more electable in November.

Much has been written about Adelson’s devotion to Gingrich and their shared  friendship with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Less noticed is the  billionaire’s deep opposition to President Obama (see here,  for example). Sources who know Adelson personally say it is an unhidden and  deeply felt loathing, and that the White House is keenly aware and takes it  seriously.

Only 10 days ago Adelson had reportedly  decided to stop donating to Gingrich, viewing him as a lost cause.

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/151677/#ixzz1mzDk01i9

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