Raleigh – Senior aides in the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign have told Fox News that the former House Speaker will officially suspend or end his presidential campaign next Tuesday, but will continue on with his stops in North Carolina “as a citizen.”
It is expected that Gingrich will formally announce his endorsement of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who has turned his attention to the general election in November and President Barack Obama.
Gingrich told a Gaston County GOP that “it’s pretty clear Governor Romney is going to be the nominee.”
“I think you have to at some point be honest with what’s happening in the real world, as opposed to what you’d like to have happened,” stated Gingrich, reports the National Journal. “Governor Romney had a very good day yesterday. He got 67 [percent] in one state, and he got 63 in other, 62 in another. Now you have to give him some credit. I mean this guy’s worked six years, put together a big machine, and has put together a serious campaign.”
Digital Journal reported Tuesday that Gingrich’s daughter, Jackie Gingrich-Cushman, said her father was going to reassess his campaign following the primary vote in Delaware, in which he placed second, but only garnered 27 percent of the vote compared to Romney’s 56 percent.
Meanwhile, Texas Congressman Ron Paul will stay in the race in order to accumulate as many delegates as possible. The three-time presidential candidate came in second place in the states of Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. It was reported Tuesday that Paul got first place in the Iowa and Minnesota caucuses and is close to getting the most delegates in Colorado.
Gingrich camp confirmed he will exit the race on May 1.