Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is now endorsing Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the NY-23 special election.

After learning his initial pick, Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava, had bowed out of the race this morning, Gingrich tweeted that he was now supporting Hoffman, who is virtually tied with Democratic candidate Bill Owens in preliminary polls:

Scozzafava dropping out leaves hoffman as only anti-tax anti-pelosi vote in ny 23 Every voter opposed to tax increases support doug hoffman

Gingrich took considerable heat from his party's top conservatives when he announced earlier this month that he was backing Scozzafava. However, the former speaker is hardly the only member of his party to reverse his endorsement after learning of today's news; a slew of other GOP members, as well as the Republican National Committee (NRC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee, have also signaled they now support Hoffman's bid.