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Republican Perry abandons White House race

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Republican candidate, Texas governor Rick Perry has announced that he’s ending his run for the White House, and endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Perry is the second Republican Candidate to drop out this week, after former US ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman.

Republican Perry abandons White House race 

Rick Perry said he knows when it's time to make a strategic retreat, and apparently the time is now. The Texas governor told supporters in South Carolina on Thursday about his decision.

Rick Perry said, "I have come to conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign. Therefore today I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for President of the United States"

Perry called Newt Gingrich a conservative visionary who can transform the country. Gingrich has come under a lot of criticism lately, especially over his private marital life.

To the critics, Perry has this to say, Rick Perry said, "Newt is not perfect, but who among us is?"

It's quite a come down for Perry, who had strong momentum last August and was even ahead of the current front-runner, Mitt Romney. But a series of errors in pre-electoral debates and controversial remarks on a number of issues saw support quickly decline.

Analysts believe the main reason he withdrew is a poor showing in the South Carolina poll ahead of the primaries.

Now with only 4 candidates left in the Republican race, a fresh layer of unpredictability has been added to the campaign.


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