South Carolina will no longer be Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s last hurrah.
Perry ended his bid for president at a news conference this morning in South Carolina and endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. GOP candidates will participate in a debate tonight ahead of South Carolina's primary election on Saturday.
"I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign," Perry said. "Therefore, today, I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for president of the United States."
"I believe Newt is a conservative visionary who can transform our country," Perry said. "We've had our differences, which campaigns will inevitably have and Newt's not perfect but who among us is."
The news has El Paso supporters reflecting on a brief campaign that saw Perry initially take a lead in polls before poor debate performances eroded support.
“I just thought he had a great chance,” Ted Houghton, chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, said. “I think he would have made a great president and I’m sorry to see that others in the country didn’t get to see him as I know him.”