September 12, 2015

And then there were 16.

Rick Perry, who never got any momentum for his presidential bid this time around, has ended his bid for the presidency.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday announced that he was suspending his presidential campaign, becoming the first Republican to drop out of the race and kicking off the winnowing stage of the crowded GOP contest.

"We have a tremendous field—the best in a generation—so I step aside knowing our party is in good hands," Perry said at a conservative conference in St. Louis.
Not a big surprise given his inability to gain traction and his loss of key staffers along the way for that very reason.  This was probably inevitable.  

Where it leaves Perry's political career is a matter for speculation.  A cabinet position in a Republican administration might revive his future opportunities to run again in the future.  But what the chances are of that happening is anybody's guess.
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