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The 2012 GOP presidential candidates: Where are they now?

Published: Wednesday, May 23 2012 10:46 a.m. MDT

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Entering the race: On March 3, 2011, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich launched an exploratory website called NewtExplore2012.com, with the message, "We are excited about exploring whether there is sufficient support for my potential candidacy for president of this exceptional country." He made his bid official on May 11, 2011.

Leaving the race: After experiencing campaign turmoil, including an ABC interview with his ex-wife that aired two days before the South Carolina primary, Gingrich went on to win the South Carolina and Georgia primaries. However, after rival Mitt Romney swept primaries in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island on April 24, Gingrich signaled that his campaign had reached its end.

Where he is now: After exiting, Gingrich endorsed Romney, calling him "a solid conservative" during an appearance on "Face the Nation" and promising to do whatever he can to help defeat President Barack Obama. Since then, Newsmax reports, Gingrich has indicated his willingness to be a surrogate for and to make speeches on behalf of Romney. He also wants to campaign for House and Senate candidates.

Vice presidential possibilities: "You have known me a long time," Gingrich told Bob Schieffer on CBS. "Would you pick me to be vice presidential nominee? I mean, I'm so much — my own agent, it would be — it's inconceivable."
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