January 4th, 2012
12:46 AM ET

Perry to return to Texas to reassess candidacy

Following a disappointing projected fifth place finish in the Iowa caucuses, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he'll return to Texas Wednesday to reassess his candidacy.

"With the voters' decision tonight in Iowa, I decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race," he told supporters late Tuesday night at his Iowa headquarters in West Des Moines.

Earlier Tuesday, Perry had vowed to carry on campaigning if he finished poorly in Iowa, saying that results from the nation's first Republican nominating contest wouldn't be the be-all end-all in the presidential election.

He had planned to head to South Carolina on Wednesday to campaign.

But, Tuesday night with his family standing beside him, Perry said he would figure out "the best path forward" with a "little prayer and reflection."

Perry surged to the top of the GOP presidential pack when he jumped into the race mid-August but quickly saw his numbers fall in the polls after a series of uneven debate performances and gaffes.

Leading up to the caucuses, Perry was competing for the fourth spot in several major polls.

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  1. TMI

    when the apostle paul say some sins are too shameful even to be named...this would be one of them.

    January 4, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    It is gratifying to see Perry reassessing his position in a country that places emphasis on separation of church and state.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. RP 2012

    Too many religious nuts in the country. It wouldn't be so bad if they'd stop running for office!

    January 4, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Many are religious.
    I have always put more stock in the sayings of Jesus than in those of Paul.
    Jesus said that we should render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and unto God that which is God's.
    The news from Iowa is about the election of a president.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. bigwilliestyles

    It appears that Darwinism has trumped creationism again; all that talk of God and public performances of prayer could not mask one simple fact: Perry is as dumb as a peanut butter sandwich. So long Slik Rik; your 15 minutes is up.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    More of the Word on that:
    "Pray in secret."

    January 4, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Matthew 6:5

    January 4, 2012 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. ronvan

    GO home, you are an embarrassment to Texas!

    January 4, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Step # 1
    Return to Texas governor mansion.

    Step # 2
    Return to life as a civilian.

    January 4, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ron Chromey

    When candidates drop out or "suspend" their campaigns, what happens to the $$...they all advocate spending less than we take in...so, there is probably a nice chunk of unused campaign contributions. Do they get to keep the money?

    January 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    They cannot keep the money. They have to give it to a church.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Welcome my bruthas and sistas to the first antioch non-denminational church of the hairball. The honorable pastor Bobcat presiding. All contributions of the monies left over from you failed presidential bids are welcome and required.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |