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Rick Perry withdraws from Republican presidential race

Texas Governor Rick Perry has withdrawn from the Republican presidential race and endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

When Mr Perry entered the race in August, he briefly shot to the front of the pack before gaffes and poor debate performances set him back.

His departure leaves four candidates in the Republican race.

At a news conference in North Charleston, South Carolina, Mr Perry said "I'm come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign".

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