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UPDATE: Gingrich to end presidential campaign next week

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WASHINGTON DC (AP) -

A spokesman for Newt Gingrich is confirming that the former House speaker plans to shut down his presidential campaign next week.

R.C. Hammond says Gingrich spoke with Mitt Romney today and is planning an event at which he'll endorse the likely Republican nominee.

Gingrich had pinned his last hopes of extending his campaign on a strong showing in Delaware's primary. But that did not materialize, as Romney swept all five of yesterday's contests.

At an appearance in North Carolina this morning, Gingrich told supporters that at some point, a candidate has to be "honest about what's happening in the real world." Gingrich says he still thinks he "would obviously be a better candidate," but acknowledged that Republican voters didn't agree.

Gingrich says Romney has "put together a big machine" and the GOP needs to unite behind him, adding that no conservative "should have any doubt about the importance of defeating Barack Obama."

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Two advisers to Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich say he will formally end is campaign next Tuesday and will likely to endorse Mitt Romney.

Gingrich had pinned his hopes on a surprise showing in Delaware but fell short.

He had been hinting in recent days that his campaign was nearing an end. His decision to officially shut down the effort comes as Romney has a lock on the GOP nomination.

Gingrich's advisers spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation.

 

 

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