Rick Perry quits 2012 presidential campaign, endorses Newt Gingrich

By on Jan 20, 2012 in International, Politics, United States Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced on Thursday, January 19, 2012 his withdrawal from the 2012 presidential race and will instead support former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry
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As noted at US news sites that day, Rick Perry suspended his Republican presidential nomination campaign for the 2012 US election, hours before the scheduled CNN presidential debate in South Carolina.

Perry, 61, made his announcement in front of his wife and supporters in a press conference in North Charleston at around 11 a.m. ET on Thursday and formally endorsed Gingrich as his presidential bet this coming election.

“I have come to the conclusion that there is not a viable path forward for me in 2012. Therefore I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for president of the United States.” Rick Perry said on his speech.

According to reports, Perry almost quit the race after he ranked fifth in the 2012 Iowa caucus but was urged by his wife and supporters to continue, which he did but skipped the New Hampshire primary and landed last.

Rick Perry will be joining the other 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls who withdrew from the race, which includes Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman, who announced that he is supporting Mitt Romney.

Meanwhile, the remaining Republican front runner now is Mitt Romney, who won the New Hampshire primary and was initially declared the winner of the 2012 Iowa caucus, but it was later announced as a “virtual tie” with Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum after having an alleged discrepancy on the final vote count.

On the other hand, former Texas Congressman Ron Paul was said to be another strong contender after he came in third in the 2012 Iowa caucus and landed second in the New Hampshire primary, which was held last January 10.

The remaining four 2012 Republican presidential candidates are now preparing for the South Carolina primary, which will be held on Saturday, January 21, a step closer to the announcement of the Republican Party as to whom among them will go against US President Barack Obama in the upcoming election.

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