9:25 AM CDT, April 25, 2012
Newt Gingrich will officially end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and formally express his support for Mitt Romney next week, two sources close to Gingrich tell CNN.
While details are still being worked out, Gingrich is likely to hold his final campaign event Tuesday in Washington, DC where he will make the announcement surrounded by his family and supporters.
Newt Gingrich strongly hinted that he will soon drop out of the presidential race when speaking Wednesday.
Repeatedly referring to himself as a "citizen" moving forward, the Republican presidential candidate told a crowd in Cramerton, North Carolina, "We're going to stay very, very active. We're working out the details of our transition."
"We'll have information for the press in the next couple of days," he added.
Additionally, the former House speaker used his strongest words thus far in embracing Mitt
Romney as the eventual GOP nominee.
"I am committed to this party. I am committed to defeating Obama," Gingrich said. "We will find ways to try to be helpful. I do think it's pretty clear that Gov. 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 frankly in governing."
It is not surprising that Gingrich is suspending his campaign for the White House as he has all but acknowledged it is winding down and Romney is the presumptive GOP nominee.
"When he says he is transitioning, what he means is that he is trying to determine as a citizen how he will pro-actively help Mitt Romney become president and the Republican Party win back the Senate and help (House Speaker) John Boehner keep his majority in the House," said one of the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
It appears that Gingrich's focus will be much broader than the presidential campaign, as the former speaker, who made his name and career in the House, plans to be actively involved in helping the GOP take back control of both sides of Capitol Hill.
"It is not enough to beat Barack Obama, we also have to help the Republican Party keep the majority in the House and win back the majority in the Senate," the source said.
The decision to hold the event next week was due to logistical reasons, the sources said.
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