FOX New has confirmed that Texas governor Rick Perry will withdraw from the GOP Presidential race. He is expected to make the announcement on
Thursday and endorse Newt Gingrich. He will make the announcement at 11 am ET at an event in South Carolina.
Perry who started his quest for the GOP presidential nomination in South Carolina and was then seen as a front runner, has been unable to gain any momentum after his gaffe on Departments he would eliminate during his first debate. While Perry has an impressive record for job creation in Texas, he has been unable to translate that record in votes. Recent polls have shown him in last place for the upcoming primary in South Carolina.
The endorsement of Gingrich, who is closing with Mitt Romney in polls, should give the former speaker another boost. With Perry withdrawing his candidacy, there should be a direct contest between Mitt Romney and Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gingrich scored big during Monday’s FOX News/WSJ Debate and has been surging since.
Rick Santorum is polling about 16% among decided voters in South Carolina.
Perry was seen as competing for social conservative supporters alongside Rick Santorum and Gingrich, though the latter two candidates were faring much better in the polls.
Perry is the second candidate this week to withdraw from the race. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman earlier dropped out following a distant third finish in the New Hampshire primary. He endorsed frontrunner Mitt Romney for the nomination. FOX News