Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is finishing up his North Carolina tour this week before heading back to Washington where he will announce his withdrawal from the race, campaign aides said Wednesday.
Gingrich will announce Tuesday that he is suspending his campaign, according to spokesman R.C. Hammond. He is widely expected to endorse former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Gingrich, who has transitioned in recent weeks to trying to shape the GOP platform and the shape of the party, is keeping his campaign commitments in North Carolina.
“We're going to look realistically at where we're at,” Gingrich said Tuesday night in North Carolina after Romney swept five primaries. “We are going to think carefully about how we can be the most helpful to the country.''
Gingrich is continuing a full campaign scheduled across the state Wednesday in Cramerton, Denver, and King's Mountain.
On Thursday he is scheduled to be in Conover, Mooresville, Elkin and Alamance County. On Friday he will visit the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro and visit Fayetteville.