FIRST ON CNN: Sources: Perry dropping out of GOP race
January 19th, 2012
09:07 AM ET
2 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. Dave

    bout freakin time....but that means he's coming back to Texas to further screw over the Texas citizen....crap. Can we just deport him to an island full of cannibals and be done with him?

    January 19, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. tv22

    What took him so long?

    January 19, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. WaldoBinney

    Mr Perry is a good man, great for Texas. Perhaps another day he will be the man to lead the country. All the best !

    January 19, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. paul

    Thanks Rick its about time.

    January 19, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. CircadianSkizm

    Good. He wasn't qualified.

    January 19, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Just Me

    LOL. Oh how the mighty have fallen. No surprise here. His buffoonary was too much for the GOP & tea party crowd. Whose next? Lets's see we have Paul, Ginrigh, Sanatarum, & Robney left. I will put my money on Ginrigh.

    Anyway, I have never been to the circus before, but watching this GOP circus out the corner of my eye now and then has been entertaining.

    January 19, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. George Dubya Bush

    What a day sad thiz is!

    January 19, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. R.I.P. Damon

    He ran a spirited campaign, but in the end he was just unable to overcome his own foibles and the rampant media smear machine that is set on destroying all challengers to its beloved leader. Best of luck on whatever the future holds, Governor

    January 19, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Rhope

    Surprised that Rick Perry lasted this long...

    January 19, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. jebahoula

    Ron Paul would win South Carolina and the nomination, if he would CLEARLY link the trillion dollar savings from ending U.S. foreign wars with financing Social Security. He alludes to that sometimes but does not CLEARLY and REPEATEDLY state so in his ads or debates. Trillions were borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund to fight wars overseas for many years and paying this money back, with interest, by ending the wars would make Social Security solvent forever.

    January 19, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Larry L

    Sadly, now he'll come back to Texas and finish the job he's never really done. He'll find somebody willing to pay him for his influence, but I suspect his rates will need to come down. Nobody will ever take him seriously again.

    January 19, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Uriah Craig Supplee IV

    It is a shame a man with such good ideas could not figure out a way to get his message across to the
    general public. Sad that America puts so much stock in a candidates debating ability as opposed to their
    message and moral compass. What we have now,Pres Obama, is an example of a great speaker with
    poor ideas. He has spent more money than all the others from Washington through Clinton. And yet our
    economy continues to flounder. As thousands give up looking for a job and and resign themselves to food stamps.

    January 19, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. Big Al

    Well, this was not unexpected. "Texas stupid" was SO twelve-years-ago!

    January 19, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. PappyHappy

    A shocker? Think not!

    January 19, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Dan

    But I thought god wanted him to be President. Oh yeah, there isn't one.

    January 19, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Chaya

    Now the question is: WHO WILL HE ENDORSE???

    January 19, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. LostinSLC

    And another one bites the dust.....

    January 19, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Don

    Now Rick, support Sarah Palin and your work here is done.

    January 19, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. erky

    Good riddance to the man that made Bush look smart, articulate, competent and diplomatic.

    January 19, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Jake

    He wasn't going any where or any place anyway.

    January 19, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. livinlife

    Why did he wait this long?

    January 19, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. felix

    Good riddance. Now go back to Texas and disappear.

    January 19, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. Lindsey

    Perry's supporters, what few he had, will go to the other religious whacko, Santorum. I actually think Santorum is worse than Perry, far worse, when it comes to Santorum's vision of a Police-State-For-Jebus for this country. It's amusing that Santorum chose to base his latest ad off of Orwell's "1984", because that's exactly what Santorum has planned as President. Everyone will toe the extremist Christian line or else. Guess I'll be the "or else", hahah. I look forward to it.

    January 19, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. GrogInOhio

    Aw... bummer. His buffoonery was so reminiscent of the previous president.

    January 19, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. John

    There is a God

    January 19, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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