FIRST ON CNN: Sources: Perry dropping out of GOP race
January 19th, 2012
09:07 AM ET
3 years ago

FIRST ON CNN: Sources: Perry dropping out of GOP race

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - 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.

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The move comes two days before the South Carolina primary and hours before the final debate ahead of the voting, which will take place on CNN Thursday night.

The campaigns of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum reached out to the Perry campaign Thursday morning in an "aggressive effort" to get his endorsement, according to a source close to Perry.

Perry will indicate his support for Newt Gingrich but will not explicitly endorse him, a source with knowledge of Perry's decision told CNN.

To follow the latest developments on Perry, follow the Ticker's update here.

Perry placed fifth in Iowa and last in New Hampshire - a state in which he did not actively compete - and had said he would launch a bid to win in South Carolina.

"South Carolinians are looking for a conservative candidate that will get this country back working again and I am it," Perry told CNN last week.

On Wednesday, CNN asked Perry about a poll that showed him with only 6% support among likely voters in the South Carolina primary.

He insisted he was continuing with the effort to have a strong showing in the state.

"We're convinced that that's our goal, so the idea that we're going to do anything else, other than try to impact this election is - that's why we got in it. We didn't get in it because it was our purpose in life to be the president of the United States. We did it because it was our purpose to serve this country, and that's what we've been called for, and that's what we're going to continue doing."

When Perry entered the race in August, he immediately did well in the polls. But a series of gaffes, particularly at debates against his rivals, sent his support plummeting.

On Thursday, his campaign website continued to say "help Rick Perry win South Carolina and get America back on track."

Perry's official campaign Facebook page was filled with posts, largely from disappointed voters.

– CNN's Josh Levs contributed to this report.

Also see:

Polls: South Carolina primary tightening hours before crucial debate

Gingrich as compares Romney's 'desperate' attacks to 2008 campaign

Romney the establishment, Santorum the 'rebel,' ad says


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soundoff (352 Responses)
  1. Garry

    Good...go back to Texas...gos knows you screwed that state up!

    January 19, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Mike

    won't be missed

    January 19, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. rick perrys mom

    im so sorry

    January 19, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Very Happy Man

    THANK YOU!!!! This was beginning to look too much like a BUSH presidential term!

    January 19, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Garry

    Excuse me..should have read God knows...

    January 19, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. motown74

    He's about 3 months too late.

    January 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Steve

    Darn, There goes the comic relief. Now the "Conservatives" of SC have fewer choices and a better chance at beating Mitt of Mass

    January 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. billy

    Romney must be furious, he was PROMISED the nomination by the GOP establishment. Why the heck do all these insignificant people get a say?

    January 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. GJGVT

    I wonder if his first post-election-bid foreign visit will be to Turkey

    January 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Lean6

    Didn't he say just the other day that he'd drop out when pigs fly or something?

    January 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Seattle Sue

    And now the people of Texas has seen how stupid/dumb he is, he may have a hard time keeping his day job in Texas.

    January 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Oops

    Good riddance

    January 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Concerned Citizen

    Thank GOD rick perry has dropped out. That buffoon never had a chance. What an embarrassment. Actually the republican party is an embarrassment too. Ugggh!

    -Houston, Tx.

    January 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. str8Vision

    Goodbye, adios, farewell and next time dont call us....we'll call you.

    January 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. grizzly

    He should go back to Texas and do good. We had enough people from Texas ruin teh United States of America and we do not need another. Johnson killed Kennedy, Bush, Bush started two wars and set America on the way of decline to third world status. These are all people who enriched themselfs by ruining America.

    January 19, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Wallet

    He'll likely not get elected to anything ever again.

    January 19, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. dsw25

    Seldom has there been a candidate so amazingly unprepared for the office of president as Gov.Perry. I would think he is giving the state of Texas tremendous pause at just how unprepared he really was on the national stage and doubtless any reasoned person would be shocked at his total lack of perceived interest in global events, poltical protocal, understanding or our Judiciary and fundamental ability to articulate cohesive and well reasoned responses to the most basic questions asked in the past 400 or so past debates. His most telling short coming was a desperate play to appeal to the hard core right wing element of the party. It was vulgar and unbecoming to the ideals of the character of the office.

    January 19, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Dave

    He went into this campaign having never lost an election. He should have kept it that way. He will never live this humiliating defeat down.

    January 19, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. FreddieMercury

    Another one bites the dust..Hey! Hey!...

    January 19, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. rowley

    Sorry to see another contender leave the field. We need the candidates feet to the fire of true conservatism to keep them on the right Path to Restoring our Republic.

    January 19, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Kristin C.

    Oh thank goodness!! It is about time. Now maybe we can get him out as governor and focus on getting Texans back to work and actually putting educators back on the school board and teach our children.

    January 19, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Kyle

    Now there is only one candidate left with executive experience. Please think long and hard before sending another legislator into the White House. We don't need another legislator. We need an executive.

    There is also only one candidate left who has not worked in DC. The ones in DC are part of the problem. They have been for years. Vote for the outsider!

    My 2nd and 3rd choices are gone. Mitt, you're my last hope for turning this country around!

    January 19, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. StuckInTX

    Dang, now he's going to come back to TX and sit around here. :(

    January 19, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. BobZemko

    Now if only God would tell the others to drop out.

    January 19, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Gurgi

    He has no choice, after walking through the field of fresh cowpies barefoot and blindfolded.

    January 19, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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