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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has turned his front-runner position into fundraising success that would allow him to join other GOP presidential hopefuls now stepping up their presence with ads on TV and online. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said he would give some illegal immigrants permanent resident-worker status - but not citizenship. (Associated Press)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, speaks during a GOP presidential debate in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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To become the GOP standard-bearer, Mr. Santorum must leapfrog past rivals (from left) Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich. (Associated Press)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, listen to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman during a Republican presidential debate in Washington on Nov. 22, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks Nov. 22, 2011, at a Republican presidential debate in Washington. (Associated Press)

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Republican presidential candidates from left, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with businessman Herman Cain, as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stands on stage before a Republican presidential debate in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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**FILE** Republican presidential candidates (from left) former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, businessman Herman Cain, Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum prepare Nov. 12, 2011, before the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate in Spartanburg, S.C. (Associated Press)

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Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks Nov. 21, 2011, at a town meeting at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (Associated Press)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks Nov. 21, 2011, at a town meeting at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (left) speaks Nov. 12, 2011, during the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena in Spartanburg, S.C., as fellow candidate and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney listens. (Associated Press)

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CROWD PLEASER: GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich presses the flesh Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla. "The surge of support for me is a result of a steady focus on substance, on large-solution proposals," he says. (Associated Press)

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Online retailer Zazzle.com offers a variety of campaign T-shirts supporting Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. (Photo courtesy Zazzle.com)

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**FILE** Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks Nov. 9, 2011, during a GOP presidential debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich. (Associated Press)

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NEW NEWT?: Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's campaign says the former speaker of the House is willing to admit when he is wrong, but some Republicans remain skeptical of positions he has taken in the past. (Associated Press)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich may be haunted by contradictory comments and positions as he pursues the Republican presidential nomination. (Associated Press)

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich greets wife Callista after a candidates' debate Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C. “I believe if we can win South Carolina, we will win the nomination,” the former House speaker says of the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary. (Associated Press)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich could become the GOP presidential nomination race's new magnet for Republicans looking for an alternative to the current front-runners, some political analysts say. (Associated Press)

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RISING: In Florida, a poll has former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in third place with 17 percent of the GOP vote. (Associated Press)

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