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Newt Gingrich officially ends US presidential bid

 FILE - In this April 25, 2012, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks in Cramerton, N.C. Some of Mi...

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FILE - In this April 25, 2012, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks in Cramerton, N.C. Some of Mi...

US Republican candidate Newt Gingrich bade farewell to the 2012 presidential campaign Tuesday, using a video posted on his website to preempt an official announcement set for the following day.

In his message to supporters, the former speaker of the House of Representatives said he wanted to “give you an insider advanced notice that on Wednesday I’ll be officially suspending the campaign as part of a press event” in Virginia.

“We’re still faced with a tremendous crisis of our country’s future,” he added. “A re-election of Barack Obama would be a genuine disaster.”

Gingrich thanked his nearly 180,000 campaign donors, thousands of volunteers and the nearly 2.5 million people who voted for him in 43 state contests.

Gingrich had won just two of those contests, in Georgia and South Carolina, and was a distant third in the nomination fight.

His withdrawal leaves only Ron Paul, a Texas congressman who represents the libertarian wing of the party, in the race. Paul consistently placed fourth in the primary season and has no chance of catching front runner Mitt Romney.


Updated : 2021-04-18 07:37 GMT+08:00