Though he said he would see his presidential campaign “through to Tampa” – the site of the GOP national convention in August, Newt Gingrich officially ended his bid today.
The former U.S. House Speaker campaign took off in the first Southern primary in South Carolina in January, but it soon sputtered.
Today, Gingrich apologized to South Carolina for breaking its long streak of picking Republican presidential candidates.
Gingrich gained momentum in debate settings, as he took moderators to task on the questions that they asked. His plan was to challenge President Barack Obama to a series of Lincoln-Douglas longform debates, but that idea waned, along with campaign financing– as he began to lose major primary states to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
According to Republican strategist Chip Felkel. “At the time it was still about who could take it to Obama in a debate, well the gig is up on that one. Obama’s not going to give the Republican nominee a Lincoln-Douglas style debate.”
Gingrich says he will serve as a citizen now and will compaign for a party win in November.