Rick Perry drops 2012 bid

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U.S. Senate candidate and Speaker of the North Carolina House Thom Tillis, left, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Texas Gov. Rick Perry shake hands during a conservative rally in Smithfield, N.C., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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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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