AP: Gingrich to start testing presidential bid

ATLANTA (AP) - A spokesman for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the former House speaker will begin raising money to test whether a bid for the GOP presidential nomination is feasible.

Rick Tyler told The Associated Press Wednesday night that Gingrich is entering the exploratory phase of a presidential candidacy. He is set to talk about it at a news conference Thursday at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta.

Gingrich stopped short of setting up an exploratory committee, which would have made him a legal candidate. Tyler says Gingrich and his wife must tie up loose ends with their businesses before they can take that step.

Gingrich led Republicans to victory in the 1994 midterm elections, handing the GOP its first House majority in 40 years.

He left Congress in 1999 after two tumultuous terms as speaker.

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