Perry leaves GOP race, endorses Gingrich
January 19th, 2012
11:32 AM ET

Perry leaves GOP race, endorses Gingrich

[Updated at 11:32 a.m. ET] Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Thursday he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsing Newt Gingrich.

Perry said there was "no viable path forward" for his campaign. He said Gingrich has the "heart of a conservative reformer."

Newt Gingrich is "honored to have the support of Gov. Perry," he said on Twitter on Thursday. "I humbly ask his supporters to join our campaign so we can defeat Obama."

[Initial post, 9:23 a.m. ET] Rick Perry is telling supporters that he will drop his bid Thursday for the Republican presidential nomination, two sources familiar with his plans told CNN.

The Texas governor will make the announcement before the CNN debate in South Carolina, the sources said.

The South Carolina primary takes place Saturday.

Perry had poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, and had said he would launch a bid to win in South Carolina

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Pete/Ark

    Perry dropping out ?!? He just proved he's the smartest of two Texans in the race.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Not s kel.
    This phony is a racist POS.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Another one bites the dust....

    January 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bigwilliestyles

    @CNN's Peter Hanby: any reason why my post was removed, while the fake s kel's clearly racist post was left up?

    January 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bigwilliestyles

    @ the blog people: " Good riddance. Now he can return to N#####Head and continue being the two-bit hick that he always was" is the post that Mr Hanby found so wrong. Nice to be censored as if N!!!!!Head was my fault.

    January 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. roadwarrior

    are you nuts what planet have you been living on stim money spent on the american people and infor stut what was built what was repaired thats the dumbest statement ive heard yet you lie

    January 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Seriously

    If perry change the name of his ranch he might get somewhere and fyi we dont eat fried chicken thats so 18th century we eat steak and lobster on a regular so i thank your ancestors for that and god bless america

    January 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    The statement by the troll of s kel at 12:10 was particularly offensive.
    s kel is a fine man who has sacrificed a great deal to benefit his country's society.
    It is very ungrateful to speak of him in such a derogatory manner.
    It would be gratifying to read an apology from the troll to s kel.

    January 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mr. Terzic

    CNN's coverage is so biased, Perry never received fair and balanced coverage and the same goes for many of the other news networks. This trend of biased coverage continues tonight as we speak, with the review of the debate. They have been reviewing the the debate for nearly 45 minutes and they have not even mentioned Ron Paul's name. I don't agree with everything Ron Paul says but he makes good points and has a strong following. He should not be ignored in the coverage. It truly is frustrating that things are being done this way because, how is Ron Paul supposed to have a fair shake if he is not receiving any coverage whatsoever. Unfortunately he may end up the way of Rick Perry, not because he doesn't have support, but because the biased coverage of news networks wants to follow the "popular candidates" and headline stories. Such a disgrace. You should be ashamed CNN.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
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