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Governor Rick Perry drops out of 2016 race

Facing low poll numbers, Rick Perry ends his candidacy

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on Friday that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination after failing to gain much support from voters across America. Perry previously withdrew from the 2012 field after finishing fifth in the Iowa caucuses. Perry was scheduled to take part in the second-tier debate on CNN next week.
Perry was barely registering in the polls amid a field of more than a dozen candidates, including Donald Trump, who has surged to the top and commanded the vast majority of media attention. Perry is the first candidate to bow out and his departure reduces the Republican field to 16. This time around, he ran into campaign cash flow problems, and at one point this summer stopped paying his staff, resulting in an exodus after the campaign gave permission for aides to look elsewhere.

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