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Gingrich Suspends Campaign

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has officially pulled out of the race.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made it official on Wednesday and announced he was suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

"Finally, I have to thank the voters of South Carolina — and apologize to them. We will have broken their tradition of always picking the nominee," Gingrich said during his remarks. "This will make me feel slightly guilty every time we drift through South Carolina. But they were tremendous. They were welcoming. They were enthusiastic. The size of the victory was historic. And Callista and I both will always remember South Carolina — and I suspect our whole family will always remember South Carolina — because it was a tremendous, tremendous experience."

Gingrich made the announcement at a press conference in Arlington, Va.

He deemed the campaign "a truly wild ride," saying, "I could never have predicted either the low points or the high points," reported a Clarendon-Courthouse-Rosslyn Patch article.

Gingrich, who won South Carolina's primary in January, hasn't been able to sustain that same momentum.

It was the Palmetto State's contest, Gingrich had said for months prior, that would put him in line for the GOP nomination.

. Gingrich has won only one state, his home state of Georgia, since the South Carolina primary.

By suspending his campaign, Gingrich can continue to raise money to pay down the millions of dollars he has accrued in campaign debt.

Jim Minkler May 02, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Good.One less redneck on the ticket.
Robert Kelly May 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM
And the most colorless and uninteresting candidate wins. Honestly, why does ANYONE think Mitt Romney is the best the opposition has to offer? Why does ANYONE think he should be president? I understand being anti-Obama for one reason or another, but I cannot understand being pro-Romney. Kind of like those who thought Dan Quayle or Sarah Palin should run, because they had run for VP previously. No real qualifications, but it was "their turn".
John H May 04, 2012 at 12:35 PM
To Robert Kelly; “colorless and uninteresting..” What does that mean?
stanley seigler May 04, 2012 at 04:41 PM
@John H: "... 'colorless and uninteresting..' What does that mean?" maybe it means mitt the uncool...mitt probably a good, white, rich, man...who is clueless re po folks, the disabled, the biblical least...ie, those who nickel and dime their way from paycheck to paycheck...those who dont have the luck of the sperm...but; this not true of all rich white men...eg, FDR, JFK, slick willie, buffett, gates, soros... not applicable to johnh...but question reminds of mr armstrong's comment re jazz: "If you gotta ask, you'll never know."
John H May 04, 2012 at 06:51 PM
To Stanley; Maybe “Colorless” was inadvertent choice of words. I was curious to see if the lack of race card was being played. Romney IS the most “uninteresting” man in the world. He’s allowed to touch the art but won’t because he doesn’t want to harm the art. He is the designated driver for parties he’s never attended. To him, everything tastes like chicken. In his calendar, every day of the month is actually Sunday. However, the latest polls show that he actually does have a large support base, indicating that he and BO are in a dead heat. The small percentage of us who remain undecided or are independent can sway the election. We are considering both of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses but won’t finalize a decision until the national campaigns and debates begin in earnest. I try not to judge the book by it's color.

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