Perry To End Presidential Bid Before South Carolina Primary

The debate meltdowns really hurt Rick Perry in his quest to win the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, and now Perry has decided to end his bid before Saturday's Republican presidential primary and endorse former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Will Perry's actions help Gingrich win the Palmetto State? Only time will tell. The New York Times Jeff Zeleny and Michael D Shear chime in:

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas will end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday and endorse Newt Gingrich, two campaign officials confirmed, a decision that could influence the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

The announcement from Mr. Perry was expected to inject fresh momentum into Mr. Gingrich’s efforts to emerge as the leading alternative to Mitt Romney. It was unclear whether Mr. Perry would campaign with Mr. Gingrich in the final two days of the primary campaign here.

Mr. Perry will not participate in the debate here on Thursday evening, an aide said, and will make the announcement to supporters and contributors in South Carolina at an 11 a.m. news conference. He had been aggressively campaigning across the state, hoping that the first Southern primary would revive his candidacy.

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