Texas Gov. Rick Perry is dropping out of the Republican presidential race, according to multiple news reports.
His campaign has announced a news conference at 11 a.m. today in North Charleston, S.C. The Associated Press is reporting that Perry will back former Speaker Newt Gingrich. CNN first reported the news of Perry's departure from the race.
Perry finished fifth in the Iowa caucuses and had been polling in the single digits in South Carolina. He is the second GOP candidate this week to drop out. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman dropped out of the race on Monday night.
There was much speculation that Perry would exit the race after his disappointing finish in Iowa. He opted to continue his campaign in South Carolina.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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