Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich told Mitt Romney Wednesday he will try and help the presumptive Republican presidential nominee beat Barack Obama in November, acknowledging his bid for the White House has come to an end.
Romney called Gingrich on Wednesday morning to ask for his support, but did not pressure the former House speaker to leave the race, a Gingrich spokesman told CNN.
"Gov. Romney called this morning, and he was very gracious and said he would respect any decision that Newt was going to make," R.C. Hammond, Gingrich's spokesman said. "If he chose to stay in the race he would be respectful of that, but if Newt did choose to suspend then Gov. Romney said I want you to be a member of our team and help us."
Gingrich told Romney during the call that he did plan on suspending his campaign next week and will support the former Massachusetts governor. As to what level of a surrogate Gingrich will play for Romney is unclear. The two campaigns are expected to talk next week.