Newt Gingrich drops out: 'Truly wild ride' is over
Geneva Sands, The Hill, May 3, 2012
Newt Gingrich, who at one time was the front-runner for the Republican nomination and who later promised to bring an insurgent campaign all the way to the national convention, suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday.
“Today I am suspending the campaign, but suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship,” Gingrich said from a hotel in suburban Washington D.C.
Gingrich promised to remain active in national politics, fighting for "religious freedom" and energy independence. Looking back on his campaign, he said it was a "truly wild ride."
The former House Speaker hit many highs and lows in his run for the nomination. He surged to the front of the polls and then had his campaign staff resign en masse.
He won the GOP contests in South Carolina and in his onetime home state of Georgia. And then he failed on a large scale in Florida.
For months he promised to take his campaign all the way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Then He signaled that he would end his bid last week...