Rick Perry Drops Out of Presidential Race, Endorses Newt Gingrich

by at . Comments

Texas Governor Rick Perry will drop out of the GOP presidential race and endorse rival Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination, according to news reports.

He will make the announcement shortly in North Charleston, S.C.

The move by Perry to end his flailing campaign was inevitable, yet came a few days sooner than expected, with the South Carolina primary looming this Saturday.

Perry hoped the state's evangelicals and social conservatives would revive his candidacy. Instead, it was Newt who surged after Monday's Republican debate.

Perry and Gingrich

Rick Perry was mired in the low single digits in the Palmetto State and nationally, while a revitalized Gingrich has shown an upward trajectory in recent polls.

Perry weighed dropping out of the race after a dismal finish in the Iowa caucuses, only to decide to stay in and make one last stand in South Carolina.

It was not to be. In hindsight, a campaign that began with such promise actually peaked on its first day, after which Perry sank like a stone in popularity.

Clearly not ready for prime time, Perry's substance never equaled his swagger. Amazing debate gaffes came early and often. Other candidates surged past him.

By dropping out now, he may provide a modest boost to Gingrich, who's trying to present himself as a more ideologically potent conservative than Mitt Romney.

Perry said in officially suspending his candidacy today:

"I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in the 2012 campaign. I know when it's time to make a strategic retreat."

Perry said 2012 has "never been about the candidates" but about replacing President Obama "with a conservative leader who will bring about real change."

He called Gingrich "a conservative visionary who can transform our country."

Perhaps in reference to the renewed criticism by Marianne Gingrich of her ex-husband, Perry said, "Newt is not perfect, but who among us is."

"The fact is, there is forgiveness for those who seek God, and I believe in the power of redemption. I have no question Newt has the heart of a conservative reformer."

The candidates debate again tonight in South Carolina. Look for Romney to come out hard after Newt, who will try to build on his momentum in the last 72 hours.

Ron Paul and Rick Santorum remain factors in the race as well.

Tags: , ,
Avatar

Anyhow hey yez this is imani woods who iz dating the game and i would like to say that the whole ashley dupree and kim imposible thing has been wrong anyhow jenny ive worked with the needy kids of america for dominicanas and its been good i told them on how to stay in school and bein more lady like and house likely but anyhow to rihanna and kim imposible i feel az though they are a neglect to kids anyhow az for me ive worked for acs for 3 yrs n a kids organization and it really means alot for the people:)!!

Avatar

Hey jenny feng how are u yez im blessed but anyhow yez im dating the game and anyhow im wit him and i live a regular life anyhow i feel az though wit game he makes me feel awesome anyhow wit 22kt jewels and all and boat trip in va was nice anyhow just wanted to say i feel az though ashley dupri and kim imposible are wrong for ranking the economy but anyhow i luv my man when i asked game about thinkn red well aug 23 2011 the red album droped and for that i luv his music always since jan 2005 but itz awesome!

Avatar

@67- I agree- Lots of Brainwashing. Me? I honestly pick who I have most in common with. I never was Brainwashed into believing the Government owed me something nor have I ever believed they would give me anything. Many people will vote against a party instead of for a party. This Country is so very Divided.

Avatar

This is what I wanted to say. I live in Virginia. You seem to be a die hard Republican, so I'm sure you are familiar with the late Dr. Falwell. Here's what you didn't here in Texas. They disqualified alot of Liberty University votes saying they were brainwashed. We are the biblebelt and they preach Republican. However, no one was brainwashed. They bused their students for free to the polls. Democrats cried and every last damn vote in Norfolk-Richmond (predominantly black) counted. We are a democratic state. Now LU has outsmarted all and we should go back Republican. They now poll at their university. They also allow guns on their christian campus. I support and agree with it. Just saying. Will watch video....

Avatar

I will stay away....jello shots have that effect. Your fine till you stand up, 12 shots later I could dance and had numerous phone numbers. Glad my friends there. =)

Avatar

@67- I was hoping you would see it- only you could appreciate a warped since of Humor. I have never ever thought about being gay but I use to Drink MadDog 20/20- it was cheap but not worth it. Each nite I would Blackout and the next morning when I woke up- my Ass was killing me. Stay away from the MadDog- Just thought you'd want to know.

Avatar

Reed, hahahahahaha, you crack me up. I'm not a Bush fanatic. I'm not gay either, I have a gay family member. I thought it was funny about the Elton John and for the right amount of money...maybe. I'm female, but have a friend (actually three) very similiar to your point of view. They want our state back to Republican. It may happen this year....fingers crossed.

Avatar

Just for the record. Rick Perry has never been Gay- its all a Lie. I myself think it's wrong to be biased against queers. They shoud have as much Freedom as anyone. I don't personally know any but what they do behind closed doors is their Business as long as its not on a Street Corner or in front of Dogs. I am a big fan of Elton John. I have one of the only 5 vinyl copies of his 1st hit -"When your Blue Eyes look Deep into my Brown". Just because I like his Music does not mean I want to Screw him! Just for the record --I'm not saying I wouldn't screw him if the Money was right. Point is- Perry is a man of Standards and Butt Putty is not in his Night Stand.

Avatar

@67- Neci needs Bullshit and maybe you do also. Drilling produces Jobs. Just so you understand. I never was a Bush Fan. Not even when he was our Govenor. Still- that doesn't make Obama right. I really don't give 2 SHITZ about the Color but I'll be Damned if I'm going to keep Neci in Pork Skins- Malt Liquor and Spinners- Not with my Taxes! She is living in an " Instant Gratification " World and nobody is buying that Race Card Shit anymore.

Avatar

LMFAO!!!! Reed your a funny racists, but I get where your coming from with the race card. Not all Republicans are racists, but when your put in that box it pisses you off. GAS PRICES HAVE DOUBLED SINCE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE. So don't feed the BS about Bush @NECI. I don't care what color our presidents skin is, it is how they run our country. Republican candidates want to drill offshore reducing oil prices which will put money in YOUR pocket. Cut off foreign aid to give our country more money because Obama has our national debt at the highest ever. He had his chance and continues to make poor choices. Now we need to elect someone to cleanup his mess.