Then the truth came out:
The primary will not award any delegates, so the campaign was not going to waste money on a primary that even the Huffington Post says is "meaningless."
Newt instead will focus on the Missouri Caucus, which takes place in March and which will be award binding delegates to the Republican convention.
Newt's press secretary, R.C. Hammond, had a good line:
Asked why Gingrich was the only major Republican candidate to opt out of the Missouri's non-binding primary [Hammond] said: "Their lawyers bill them by the hour."