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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich formally announced his candidacy on Wednesday morning with the release of a new web video via Twitter and Facebook.

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Due to Gingrich’s decision to primarily launch using social media, the story was picked up by PC Magazine:

Republican Newt Gingrich used Twitter to officially announce his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

“Today I am announcing my candidacy for President of the United States,” he tweeted on Wednesday afternoon. He also linked to a video announcement posted on his campaign Web site, Newt2012.

“There’s a much better American future ahead with more jobs more prosperity, a better health system, longer lives, greater independent living and a country that is decentralized under the 10th Amendment with power once again back with the American people and away from the Washington bureaucracy,” Gingrich said in the video.

Following the Twitter announcement, he received a supportive tweet from Ryan, a self-described “conservative technologist living in the SF Bay Area.”

“I wish you the best of luck. I am a Bay Area conservative software engineer (proof that they do exist),” @sfbaycon wrote. To which Gingrich replied, “You must have the courage of your convictions—look forward to seeing you when in the Bay area.”

Awaiting announcements from Herman Cain who is also rumored to be announcing within days.

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Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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