Rick Perry to drop out of presidential race

Christopher Bedford Senior Editor, The Daily Caller
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A source close to Texas Gov. Rick Perry confirmed to The Daily Caller that Perry is planning to end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday.

The news comes just two days before the South Carolina primary — an event Perry said he hoped would reinvigorate his presidential campaign.

Perry’s campaign schedule was largely empty Wednesday and Thursday, blogger Dave Weigel reported in a tweet.

After disappointing returns in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, polls showed Perry struggling to reverse his misfortunes in the “First in the South” primary.

TheDC has learned that Perry intends to hold an 11:00 a.m. press conference in North Charleston, S.C. Politico reports that Perry will endorse Newt Gingrich.

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