Gingrich Ends Campaign
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich leaves the race today after a campaign of highs and lows. Gingrich’s run reached its peak in December 2011, when he led national polls, drawing support that had been Herman Cain’s before the pizza magnate left the race amid allegations of sexual harassment. After a surprising victory in January’s South Carolina primary, Gingrich also won his home state of Georgia. However, he lost his lead to Rick Santorum, who eventually won more states and more delegates. (Santorum withdrew from the race April 10.)
Gingrich was a polarizing candidate known for his intense demeanor and incisive style. His leadership experience, 20 years in Congress, four years as Speaker of the House, and a long history of public policy contributions, made him a standout in the primaries. Gingrich also had impeccable Republican credentials, having taken, among other roles, leadership of the 1994 Republican Revolution.
At the same time, Gingrich alienated many people for his unpredictable, often hotheaded style. He also faced a series of personal scandals and ethics violations that reached back to the 1990s. Gingrich is expected to endorse Mitt Romney.