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Newt Gingrich officially drops out of the race, public just now realizes he was still in the running

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Newt Gingrich

Sorry to all you sci-fi dreamers out there. Time to put away your makeshift space helmets and face the hard facts: the moon colony ain't happening, because Newt Gingrich 2012 is over.

Though it has been universally acknowledged that Mitt Romney will be the GOP candidate for a while now, Gingrich just today said that he was officially ending his bid. He announced the suspension in a Washington hotel, exactly a week after his reps said he would be exiting the race. But, like all the other failed Republican candidates, he's not endorsing Romney yet. It's coming later, he claims. (Give him a few good cries over Beaches, Mittens. He just needs time to heal.)

Gingrich may not be backing Romney at the moment, but he was sure to uphold the Fox News favorite mantra that Obama is the most radical, out-of-control president ever you guys in his farewell speech:

"Is Mitt Romney conservative enough? My answer is simple: Compared to Barack Obama? You know this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history."

That statement, for those of you playing at home, is brought to you by the totally sane, by-the-book centrist who once called child-labor laws "stupid."

So it looks like Gingrich has finally joined ranks with Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, and Michele Bachmann in the "I Can't Believe These People Were Ever Seriously Considered for the Presidency" retirees club. They may have left the race, but you know who hasn't? Ron Paul, motherfuckers. Romney better watch his back. Especially if that video game sells.