Rick Perry Drops Out of Presidential Race, Endorses Newt Gingrich

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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.

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@Neci- Your Obama has the all the Traits of a Dictator! He automatically thinks everyone should drink the "Kool Aid" at his request. No one is buying his Bullshit "Smoke N Mirrors" act! This Pathetic Excuse is like you- He does nothing but Talk. His Administration is more Corrupt than any has ever been. He has run up more debt that what there was between George Washington and Clinton. Kind of like you and those Credit Cards. Neci Bitch- Don't ever assume that you will Guilt me into shit! Save it fore the weak ones. Your "Racist" gig is up! Now Comb the knots out of your Fucking Head and find a job-Today!

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@Neci- as I said Yesterday- this is why Whites will not touch your Sorry Useless Racist Ass! You cry Discrimination anytime you don't get your way! Now pull your Fucking pants up and buy a Fucking Belt- Bitch!

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@Reed, you are more twisted than a child that who have special needs. So what you read a book and brought the t-shirt, so your point is? Let me answer that, shit. Bush was in office and the gas prices went up, so what does that tell you about the oil that the so called republicans say that they can fix? Not a damn thing, because they are money hungry racist pigs like you. Reed, i don't think you know what is going on with our country. Reed, your just commenting crazy shit about Obama and it all just because of his skin color. Come on and just face it, you are a hateful ass person for no damn reason.

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@67/ That's true! Newt is not the answer! My problem is with the Racist Black Liberals that call Republicans Racist- yet I knew it was coming. Obama can't run on his record- as a Typical Black- he will play the Race Card.

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@Neci-Ohhhh for the Love of God I just Gotta love your Rambling Racist Ass! Look- We have all Beaten the Dead Horse Called Bush! Been there-Done That- -Seen The Movie -Read the Book- HELL I even bought the T-Shirt! Now that we have that settled-Where do we go from Here? Obama had a chance to get away from Foreign Oil-Can't Do it! There is a Thin Line between Hero and The Bad Guy! If the Ignorant Bastard would lift restrictions and Drill off Shore- If he would get the Chip off his Shoulder- If he would let the States take control. Neci- People would be Building Statues of his Useless Ass within months! But he wont do it. Therefore he will fall!

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@Reed, you are missing some srew's in your head, it upset you when people are speaking the truth about the republicans. The country was already in a downfall before Obama came in office. It got worst, because of the congress and the house of reps. And to remind you that the president don't have the power like you think he would. Also don't forget there are senater's that have to read ever bill the president send in. If you didnt notice, alot of people dont go out and vote for their state senate and gov. People always think that the president is the main man of everything.

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Reed, excluding the California cocksucker comment, I agree with you. Obama took us down. Our national debt is the highest ever and he extended unemployment benefits. I'm paying through the ass so "we" can have health insurance. Newt is NOT the republicans answer. Romney or Paul is a better choice imo. I didn't vote for Obama the first time and I won't this time. Not typical of someone who supports gay rights, but you have to pick the best of the candidates. @Ragman....your homophobic, get over it already.

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DEBZZZ- Fuck You 2! You are a Stupid Liberal who doesn't know shit! You don't even need to speak! Just keep your head stuck up Obama Ass-Stupid Bitch.

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@JSRagman- FUCK YOU! What I wish is for this State to become a Republic again and get out of this Fucked up Useless Liberal Infested piece of Real Estate.. We Texans are self suffient. While you Poor Unemployed People come begging for a Job we get to sit and listen to you "Ear Screw" us about that Fine State where you can't find a Fucking Job. You ignorant Mother Fucker. I'm guessing your probably a California Cocksucker.

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Ashamed? They should apologize to everyone ALIVE- They should jump off a Fucking Building! What is it people don't get! Obama wants this Country to Fail! You stupid Bastards that voted for him are sitting on the biggest Setback in American History. Your kids will be in debt up to their Ass and with no Job. And you Fools that voted for Obama get the Credit. I wouldn't hire any of you fucking idiots. Doesn't want a pipeline? Now the Dem's are trying to call all Republicans a Racist! What a Pathetic bunch of Morons you Dem's are.

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