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Fox News Terminates Contracts With Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum

Both failed to make an announcement by Fox's May 1 deadline
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Fox News has terminated its contracts with both former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., sources told Politico. The network had given the two contributors, both of whom have been publicly flirting with presidential runs, a May 1 deadline to announce an official bid, but the cutoff passed without either man throwing his hat in the ring.

Back in March, the news network suspended Santorum and Gingrich without pay while they decided whether to run for president. Both have taken steps towards a possible candidacy, but have stopped short of any formal declaration. Santorum announced a “testing the waters” account on April 13 and formed a presidential exploratory committee on May 3, while Gingrich launched an even less official exploratory website, Newt Explore 2012, on March 3, and isn’t planning to participate in the first GOP debate Thursday night.

However, it looks like both men are likely to become candidates soon: On the morning of Thursday’s debate, a spokesman for Gingrich said that the former speaker “will be a candidate by the time he arrives” to speak to a Republican gathering in Georgia on May 13, and Santorum is expected to announce his own candidacy in the weeks ahead.