Washington (CNN) - Fresh off a visit to South Carolina that featured fundraisers for the state Republican party and GOP House candidate Tim Scott, Newt Gingrich turned his weekly newsletter into an ode to the key presidential primary state.
Newt praised Scott and Republican gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley, two fresh-faced candidates with unabashedly conservative views, as "signs of profound change."
"Change has come to South Carolina, and it is a story worth studying as the country wrestles with bad government policies, a bad economy, big deficits, incompetent bureaucrats, and arrogant politicians," Gingrich wrote Wednesday in his newsletter, which is distributed by the conservative magazine HumanEvents.com.
Unlike Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, two possible presidential rivals in 2012, Gingrich did not endorse Haley until after she survived her brutal primary battle. But Gingrich downplayed those early endorsements.
"Nikki was helped by endorsements from Governors Romney and Palin, but the victory was hers," he wrote. "She has built a reform sentiment and a citizen movement that will be a potent force in creating a better future for South Carolina."
Gingrich pointed out that he knew Haley and Scott, an African-American, before their rise to national prominence, when they were serving in the State House.
The former House Speaker also endorsed four more South Carolina Republicans: House candidates Mick Mulvaney and Trey Gowdy, State Superintendent of Education candidate Mick Zais and state Treasurer candidate Curtis Loftis.