Rick Perry First GOP Candidate To Exit Presidential Race

819px-Rick_Perry_by_Gage_Skidmore_8By Amelia Fabiano 9/14/2015
Former Texas governor Rick Perry is now the first official GOP candidate to pull his bid for the White House in 2016.

Friday just marked the 100th day of his campaign when he made the announcement. Perry gained little support in primary states and found himself being left by fundraisers for his rivals.

Perry first ran for the presidency in 2012. He prepared the last two years for a second shot, but the crowded 17-candidate field provided him with little momentum.
After only being able to raise about $1 million in the first fundraising quarter, it became clear that it would not be enough in such a competitive race.

Perry was scheduled to appear on the September 16th CNN Republican debate, where his supporters had hoped to see an upward turn for his campaign.

His exit from the race did come surprisingly early to some. As soon as he announced his departure, a sudden outpour of support came from his former GOP rivals. Republican front-runner Donald Trump tweeted that Perry “is a terrific guy and I wish him well- I know he will have a great future!”
Gov. Bobby Jindal called Trump out for his tweet, saying in response that the billionaire “Attacked him one day. Praised him today. Sounding like a typical politician. Rick is a better man than you’ll ever be.”

Ted Cruz also tweeted that the GOP field was “unquestionably made stronger” by Perry’s “experience & wisdom.” He also said he donated to two of Perry’s favorite charities.

With such a crowded GOP playing field, Perry will not be the last to drop out of the race to the White House.