Former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced today that he is pulling out of the 2016 presidential race.
In a prepared statement, Perry said, “Today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States. We have a tremendous field – the best in a generation – so I step aside knowing our party is in good hands. And as long as we listen to the grassroots, the cause of conservatism will be too.”
He continued, “It has been a privilege and an honor to travel this country, to speak with the American people about their hopes and dreams, to see a sense of optimism prevalent despite a season of cynical politics.”
According to the Daily Mail:
Perry was polling at around 1 per cent, and was scheduled to take the stage on Sept. 16 as part of the ‘undercard’ debate of low-performers in Simi Valley, California.
His absence will leave just four contenders in that ‘undercard’ field. Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore failed to reach a 1 per cent polling average since the Aug. 6 debate in Cleveland, Ohio, and was excluded.
In addition to GIlmore, that leaves Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham sitting at the proverbial kids’ table.
That group may include the next pol to follow Perry’s lead and cede his dreams to political reality.
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