Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Gingrich thought of quitting presidential race, wife Callista convinced him to stay the course

Newt Gingrich’s surge to the top of the GOP heap might not never have happened if the former Georgia Congressman had his way. According to a Newsweek article, Gingrich was all set to throw in the towel after his campaign collapsed at the end of the summer. But his wife urged him to stay in the race.

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire (ADAM HUNGER - REUTERS)

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