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Perry Suspends Presidential Bid, Backs Gingrich for Nomination

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Texas governor and US Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, with wife Anita as his son Griffin, salutes a supporter after announcing that he is pulling out of the Republican presidential race at a press conference in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Jan. 19, 2012. Photographer: Erik S. Lesser/EPA/Landov

Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

“There is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign,” Perry said. “I believe Newt is a visionary conservative who can transform our country.”

Perry, who has lagged below 10 percent in public opinion polls since the New Hampshire primary, made his announcement in South Carolina, site of the next primary election Jan. 21.

Backing Gingrich, Perry said Republicans need to replace President Barack Obama “with a conservative leader who will bring about real change.”

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