Republican Rick Perry drops out of presidential race

Former Governor of Texas Rick Perry adjusts his tie as he listens to his introduction from the side of the stage at the Freedom Summit in Des MoinesRepublican Rick Perry, struggling to raise money and languishing near the bottom in presidential opinion polls, on Friday became the first member of the crowded Republican field to drop out of the 2016 White House race. Perry, the former Texas governor, had been excluded from the initial prime-time Republican debates and was forced to stop paying some members of his staff recently after his campaign funds ran low. Perry was making his second bid for the White House after a failed campaign in 2012 that was most remembered for his “oops” moment in a debate when he forgot the third government department he was pledging to eliminate.

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