Rick Perry drops 2012 bid

Associated Press
File-In a Jan. 8, 2013 file photo Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the opening session of the 83rd Texas Legislature in Austin, Texas.  Perry began his latest visit to California on a quest to lure businesses to move jobs to his state by promoting low taxes and lax regulations. The former Republican presidential candidate began meeting with business leaders in the San Francisco Bay area on Monday Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Eric Gay,File)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced on January 19 that he was ending his presidential bid and endorsed rival Newt Gingrich.

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