Perhaps a lot of people expected Rick Perry to throw in the towel a lot earlier in the nomination race, but it seems that ahead the South Carolina primary the Texas Governor decided to avoid a shameful result. Today at 11:00 a.m. ET, Rick Perry has scheduled a press conference to announce he’s out of the presidential race.
With only two days before the critical South Carolina primary, one other Republican candidate decides to give it up. Bad mouths say that the surprise isn’t that Rick Perry is going to drop his bid, but the fact that it took him so long.
The news about Perry’s dropout comes from Politico, which cites two campaign officials. Politico writes that an aid with Perry’s campaign said that the Texas governor will not participate in the Thursday evening’s debate and at the 11:00 a.m. press conference he will announce the decision.
All analysts write that with Rick Perry out of the race, Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, will most likely benefit from that. If Perry endorses Newt Gingrich, then he will definitely emerge as the primary alternative to Mitt Romney.
But, so far there is no official confirmation of his dropout, at least until the news conference. Perry tried hard to raise support ahead of the South Carolina primary, hoping that he will get good results that will revive his candidacy.
Taking that into account, one can not help wondering why is Rick Perry backing down with two days ahead of the primary. Perhaps, Perry took notice of Newt Gingrich’s proposal to drop out of the race and give him support to fight Mitt Romney.
However, in an interview given earlier this week, Perry dismissed the proposal, saying he would rather leave it to the voters of South Carolina. Other sources confirm that Gingrich and Perry had a private meeting to discuss Texas governor’s exit as well as endorsement.
The Wall Street Journal writes that Perry’s advisers “have been discussing his potential exit in recent days as they have looked for a way the governor could return home gracefully after running a failed campaign”. Apparently, since Wednesday these discussion have intensified and one said: “I know we’ve been close to the end, but we’ve been reticent to admit that”.