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Ex-Texas Gov Rick Perry suspends presidential bid; first GOP candidate to leave

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

"When I gave my life to Christ, I said, 'your ways are greater than my ways. Your will superior to mine.' Today I submit that his will remains a mystery, but some things have become clear. That is why today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States," Perry's prepared remarks from a Friday speech at the Eagle Forum conference in St. Louis said.

Perry is the first major GOP hopeful to announce he is suspending his bid.

"We have a tremendous field—the best in a generation—so I step aside knowing our party is in good hands, and as long as we listen to the grassroots, the cause of conservatism will be too," his prepared remarks continued. "I share this news with no regrets. It has been a privilege and an honor to travel this country, to speak with the American people about their hopes and dreams, to see a sense of optimism prevalent despite a season of cynical politics."

He also tweeted about his exit Friday afternoon.


Recent polls had indicated that Perry was the first choice for only about 1 percent of likely Republican voters.

Reports had indicated that funding for Perry's campaign had begun to run dry.