Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who endorsed Newt Gingrich after his own presidential bid faltered, said Thursday that the Republican presidential race is still a long way from over.
Perry said that Rick Santorum's victories in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado on Tuesday indicate that Republicans are not yet ready to get behind Mitt Romney's frontrunning candidacy.
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"I think after the day before yesterday, the idea that we have settled on a candidate, it's very clear that we haven't," Perry told CNN after meeting with bloggers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
Perry would not directly answer when asked if Gingrich's vow to take his campaign all the way to the Republican National Convention in August would be a good for the party.
"I think the idea that we are still competing is a great idea," he said. "I think it's a long time before we decide on who our nominee is. I am very happy that Newt's still fighting the good fight."
He said he plans to campaign for Gingrich, but his spokesman Mark Miner said nothing has been scheduled yet other than some fundraising calls made on the former House speaker's behalf.
Reflecting on his presidential bid, Perry said he would "do a lot of things differently" if he could.
But he said he still plans to remain in the political arena.
"I haven't left the fight," he said. "I went home, I reloaded my mag, and I am fighting on different front."