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Dana Bash does anti-Newt segment: "GOP angst: Gingrich's rise could be their downfall"


"If he's the nominee, it's a disaster. There is no way to sugar-coat it," said one GOP congressional strategist describing the tension after Gingrich won South Carolina.


Several GOP congressional sources told CNN that it's not only about Gingrich getting to the White House -- Republican leaders worry that Gingrich at the top of the ticket could be a drag on their candidates for Congress and even hurt chances for taking over the Senate. They point to races in Virginia, Ohio, Florida and Nevada as examples of Senate races that could be in jeopardy.

Why? It's mostly Gingrich's reputation as a chaotic campaigner and undisciplined messenger.