Newt Gingrich out of Republican presidential race

Fox News is reporting:

Newt Gingrich plans to formally leave the Republican presidential race next Tuesday, senior campaign aides told Fox News.

The former House speaker will “more than likely” endorse Mitt Romney when he makes his announcement to either suspend or end the campaign, a source said.

The decision comes after Gingrich huddled with senior advisers following the five primaries Romney swept on Tuesday night. Romney’s victories made it virtually impossible for Gingrich to secure the 1,144 delegates needed for the Republican nomination.

… “I do think it’s pretty clear that Governor Romney is ultimately going to be the nominee and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that he is in fact effective and that we as a team are effective both in winning this fall and then frankly in governing,” he said.

In 2008, die-hard Hillary Clinton supporters formed PUMA (“Party Unity My Ass!”) as a way of coping with Barack Obama’s final primary sweep that guaranteed him a virtual lock on the Democratic nomination.  They were also angered by the Obama campaign’s successful transformation of Hillary from a pioneer progressive women and children’s rights activist into a tainted, corrupt Washington DC political insider.  Their plan was to sway convention “super delegates” and force a confrontation on the floor of the convention during the nominating vote.  Needless to say, their original goals were soon abandoned and the group rebranded itself “People United Means Action” and offered its support to Barack Obama in the general election.

Right now it seems unlikely that such a movement will rise within the Republican party.  Both Santorum and Gingrich have bowed out of the race peacefully and have encouraged their supporters to retain the principles that each candidate stood for, but to continue to support the party through the convention and the general election.  Both have also acknowledged that the math was never in their favor.  Even with their primary wins, neither candidate managed to earn enough delegates to pose a serious threat to Mitt Romney.  And now with both of them out of the race, and Ron Paul finishing last place in nearly every primary so far, the nomination belongs to Romney.

And Romney appears to be ready to directly engage Obama.  If he can keep the momentum going through the summer, and against the hostility that the mainstream media regularly reserves for Republicans, he will prove to be a formidable opponent.

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