By Ian Swanson
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is dropping out of the presidential race, according to a report from CNN.
Perry, who trails GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney badly and fared miserably in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, is telling supporters he will drop his bid for the nomination, according to CNN.
The Texas governor entered the race in August to much fanfare and immediately topped polls. But a series of disastrous debate performances, including one in which he failed to remember the three government agencies he had promised to close as president, left him behind the GOP pack.
Ron Paul on Israel: Zionism is Based on Independence and Self-Reliance
150 social conservatives, activists vote to back Rick Santorum
By Bernie Becker
A group of conservative activists decided Saturday to throw its support behind Rick Santorum in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination.
Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and a spokesman for the group of 150 activists, said that a “strong consensus” emerged for the former Pennsylvania senator after a three-ballot process.
Perkins said that Santorum got more than two-thirds support from the activists in the final ballot, in which he faced off against former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas also received considerable support from the group, Perkins added. Read the story here.
The Hill: Romney to hammer Gingrich, Perry on immigration in SC
By Cameron Joseph
Mitt Romney plans to hammer Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry on immigration in a bid to win over conservative voters in South Carolina, where the GOP frontrunner has a narrow lead in polls.
The Hill: No joke? Stephen Colbert exploring a presidential run
By Jamie Klatell
Comedian Stephen Colbert is giving up control of his super PAC and forming an exploratory committee for a presidential run.
The Hill: Rick Perry in new ad: ‘I’m not about to quit’
By Jonathan Easley
In a new Rick Perry Web advertisement titled “Champion,” the Texas governor says he’s committed to staying in the GOP presidential race and is capable of staging a comeback.
Los Angeles Times: Mitt Romney no stranger to tax breaks, subsidies
By Matea Gold, Melanie Mason and Tom Hamburger
Bain Capital profited from a steel company that got them, and he used them to attract business when he governed Massachusetts.
The Washington Post: Santorum’s South Carolina team revels in momentum, fights to keep up
By Eli Saslow
His campaign workers are racing to keep pace with the momentum they’ve worked so hard to create.
Poll finds Romney surging nationally
By Jonathan Easley
Mitt Romney is pulling away from the pack and has reached his highest level of support nationally, according to Gallup’s daily tracking poll of registered Republicans.