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Perry bows out, and then there were 4

Endorses Gingrich as the best hope for conservatives

Governor Rick Perry of Texas entered the race on strong expectations but stumbled from one gaffe to another. Governor Rick Perry of Texas entered the race on strong expectations but stumbled from one gaffe to another. (Chris Keane/Reuters)
By Glen Johnson
Globe Staff / January 20, 2012
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Texas Governor Rick Perry, who entered the 2012 Republican presidential race with sky-high expectations but quickly stammered his way back to earth, summoned an eloquence he often eluded him on the trail as he ended his campaign yesterday and endorsed Newt Gingrich. In the process, Perry did his best to rally conservatives for one final assault on frontrunner Mitt Romney, who has faced a long list of declared and prospective rivals but succeeded in fending them off one-by-one.

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