FREDERICK, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Newt Gingrich says he’s down but not out in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

The former House speaker spoke to more than 100 supporters Tuesday at a Ford dealership in Frederick. He was scheduled to speak later at Hood College, a school of nearly 1500 undergraduates.

Gingrich likened himself to the University of Kansas men’s basketball team. They were behind at halftime Saturday but went on to defeat Ohio State in the NCAA semifinals.

Gingrich says he’ll support Mitt Romney if Romney wins the nomination. But he says Romney hasn’t won yet despite his long lead over Rick Santorum and Gingrich.

Gingrich said last week that Romney probably will reach the 1,144 convention delegates needed to win the nomination.

Romney is favored to win Tuesday’s primaries in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Wisconsin.

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