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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  1. Scottish Mama

    What happens to leftover campaign money?

    January 19, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill_FL

    Just not his time. Please endorce Newt. Continue to make Texas proud!

    January 19, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. ok now

    good. now remember sc vote for cain. Its a vote for america

    January 19, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sandra

    I am sorry I did not get a chance to vote for you. Thank you for your service. God bless you.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. JOE

    I wonder if he'll remember what he called the news conference for! Hope he goes target practic at Crawford Ranch!

    January 19, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Please. Only one Texan or semi-Texan in the oval office per decade please. Ty

    January 19, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Undecided

    It's a toss-up between Mr. McGoo and the gut.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @Joe. The place right next door to Crawford Ranch is better than target practice. You can goto Ted Nugent's place next door and hunt live exotic game with fully automatic weapons if you donate enough to the Gop. Plus if you marry the girl you adopted they'll look the other way.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Amusing

    Wow! He endorses the food stamp candidate. With all those wives I guess you'd need a whole lot of food stamps. Brighan Young would have been proud of Mr. Gingrich!

    January 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Samuel Getaneh Bogale Calgary Alberta

    When your time is up it's up! Newt still needs help even after his endoresement!

    January 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. You Lie

    When you're an incoming President and you inherit a very bad economic crisis where your own citizens are struggling to make ends meet, should you be attacked for passing a stimulus bill to fix the crisis and help your own citizens? Let's face it, the stimulus bill wasn't spent in Iraq but rather on our most important asset, the American people and on the American infrastructure. Newt Gingrich you are as un-American as a communist!

    January 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CenTexan

    Welcome home Rick!

    January 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill_FL

    To the Anti-Texans... Bound sand. You all voted for Obama anyway.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brooklynite

    LOSER endorses LOSER !!!!

    January 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ronald

    Thats nice

    January 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
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