Texas Gov. Rick Perry today ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Newt Gingrich. According to The Washing Post, Perry said, “I have come to the conclusion that this [sic] is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign.”
Gov. Perry made his announcement at an 11 a.m. press conference in North Charleston, only hours before the GOP nomination candidates will face off for their 16th debate of the 2012 Republican race, and just two days before the important South Carolina primary.
I believe Perry’s weak performance in his early debates torpedoed his campaign. And with him polling at just four per cent in South Carolina (NBC/Marist survey), there really was no way forward for him.
We now need former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum to pull out so the race can centre on Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney—I don’t see Ron Paul as the eventual nominee. If Santorum continues for much longer to split the conservative-alternatives-to-Romney vote with Gingrich, Romney will win going away.
And, by the way, I learned today that Rick Santorum actually beat Mitt Romney by 34 votes in the recent Iowa caucuses. In a reversal of preliminary tallies that showed Romney winning by eight votes, Santorum has been declared the official winner.
Regardless, Rick Santorum still needs to drop out so Gingrich can give Romney a real challenge for the nomination.