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Rick Perry Likely Out of Race After Feeble Finish in Iowa: VIDEO


Rick Perry announced last night that he is heading back to Texas to "assess" the results of the Iowa caucus and "determine whether there is a path forward" for him in the race.


Nate Silver doesn't see a path:

Mr. Perry’s campaign became so feeble at the end that it is easy to forget why many observers, myself included, once thought him to be quite formidable. Mr. Perry was the only candidate other than Mr. Romney to rack up a significant number of endorsements, a key measure of party support. He was the only candidate other than Mr. Romney to raise enough money to run a full 50-state campaign from the start. He had better public-sector credentials than Mr. Romney — the sitting three-term governor of a large state rather than the former one-term governor of a medium-sized state — and his signature accomplishment in office was a strong job-creation record rather than shepherding the passage of a health care bill that is substantively similar to President Obama’s. He had no misgivings about confronting Mr. Romney — something candidates from Tim Pawlenty to Michele Bachmann were strangely reluctant to do. He had a speaking style that seemed to be more in line with the mood of the Republican base. Mr. Perry had a lot going for him, but his campaign appears to be at an end.

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  1. Buh-bye!

    Posted by: Mona | Jan 4, 2012 10:04:10 AM

  2. His son Griffin, standing behind him, is hot.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jan 4, 2012 10:06:12 AM

  3. romney's son is more hot a more money

    Posted by: tominftl | Jan 4, 2012 10:14:31 AM

  4. Have to say I've been questioning Nate Silver's judgment for a while now and the paragraph quoted doesn't do anything to allay my doubts about him.

    Posted by: Butch | Jan 4, 2012 10:15:08 AM

  5. to each their own but that is not hot

    Posted by: say what | Jan 4, 2012 10:23:02 AM

  6. Bye-bye, baby! And take Bachmann with you! (She's quitting, it seems, at 11 AM EST) With these two wackadoodles out, the crazy right money will run to Santorum who, once people see what a screaming and raving nut he really is, will head for zee hills and abandon him!

    Then it's Romney and Gingrich (as they will never accept Paul as a viable alternative) for the finish line. Gingrich is smoldering and the fire is trying to light every day...it's just a matter of time.

    Posted by: princely54 | Jan 4, 2012 10:25:09 AM

  7. Head for zee hills? What are you French?

    Posted by: Sureshot | Jan 4, 2012 12:58:50 PM

  8. Governor Dik Perry, after petering out in the Iowa coc kasses, went back to Texass to re-assess. One day later, he's pumped up and ready to go at it again.

    Posted by: B.P. Frank | Jan 4, 2012 3:58:39 PM

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