Perry Drops Out, Endorses Gingrich; Santorum Apparently Wins Iowa

A campaign that at first seemed to have so much momentum and financial backing progressively waned and has culminated in Rick Perry leaving the race and endorsing Newt Gingrich:

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas will end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday and endorse Newt Gingrich, two campaign officials confirmed, a decision that could influence the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

The announcement from Mr. Perry was expected to inject fresh momentum into Mr. Gingrich’s efforts to emerge as the leading alternative to Mitt Romney. It was unclear whether Mr. Perry would campaign with Mr. Gingrich in the final two days of the primary campaign here.

Perry got in the race because he saw what everybody else did months ahead of the Iowa caucuses: He had large leads in “hypothetical” polls that included him in the mix of already declared candidates. But we saw first-hand the difference between hypothetical campaigns and actual campaigns, and Perry never really gained any traction.

I did think that Perry’s ads were among the best though:


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I just listened to Perry’s “suspending my campaign” speech. He endorsed Gingrich and said that as a Christian he believes in the idea of forgiveness — an apparent reference to the Marianne Gingrich interview that will be played ad nauseum for the next several days. It’s a media feeding frenzy at this point. I wish the MSM had given even ten percent of the attention to Obama’s background as they’re giving Romney and Gingrich. It’s not that they’re reporting these things that’s troublesome — it’s that the media’s playing field isn’t close to level.

In other news, it appears that Rick Santorum was the winner in Iowa, though it won’t equate to a surge in Santorum support in South Carolina.

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