I really wish he would endorse Rick “Squeaky Clean” Santorum instead of Newt “Massive Baggage” Gingrich, iykwimaityd.
The Politico is reporting:
Rick Perry is expected to drop out later this morning at an 11 a.m. press conference, two sources confirmed to POLITICO. He’s also expected to endorse Newt Gingrich, the sources confirmed.
The news of Perry’s withdrawal from the race was first reported by CNN.
It gives the surging Gingrich a huge boost heading into the final debate tonight, and the South Carolina primary on Saturday, in which he’s already closing in on Mitt Romney.
I was never able to get excited about Perry, but he was a happy warrior, and perhaps one of the strongest candidates on paper. My problem with him was always – do we really want to nominate another inarticulate, “good old boy” compassionate conservative from Texas? I think most voters just didn’t see the appeal, there.
Santorum appears to have won Iowa, but because of missing votes, no winner has actually been declared.
Rick Santorum edged front-runner Mitt Romney by 34 votes in a surprise flip to the final results of the Iowa caucuses, Republican officials said Thursday, but no winner was declared because some votes remain missing in the event’s closest finish ever.
Romney had initially been considered the winner — by just 8 votes — of the first contest in the GOP presidential nomination contest.
Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn announced the certified totals for the Jan. 3 caucuses at a news conference, but didn’t name an official winner because some votes can’t be counted. Results from 8 of the state’s 1,774 precincts are missing.
Poor sports who have nothing helpful to say: http://minx.cc/?post=325805
I hope the Iowa GOP at least sends Santorum a nice sweater-vest that says, “I’m Rick Santorum and I won the 2012 GOP Iowa Caucus”.
Why do we let them go first again?