Former Texas governor Rick Perry on Friday said he is suspending his campaign, becoming the first Republican candidate to drop out of the crowded race for the White House.via politico
"We have a tremendous field — the best in a generation — so I step aside knowing our party is in good hands," Perry said, according to remarks he planned to deliver at a conservative conference in St. Louis.
Perry had struggled to raise money and gain traction in what was his second attempt at a presidential bid, following a failed run in 2012.
I share this news with no regrets," Perry said, according to the text. "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.
What a difference 4 years makes...
At this very time in 2011, Rick Perry led the entire Republican field (for over a month).
At one point, he led by 19 points
2012 Republican nomination (via RCP)