By BETH FOUHY and DAVID ESPO
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (AP) -- Republican Rick Perry says he's dropping out of the GOP presidential race and endorsing Newt Gingrich.
The Texas governor announced his decision this morning at a news conference in South Carolina, two days before the state's primary.
Perry said he concluded there was no "viable path forward" for him in the race. He praised Gingrich as a "conservative visionary."
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