It was only a matter of time before Governor Rick Perry dropped out of the presidential race. He hadn’t even met the threshold to participate in the last CNN debate but they let him slide in anyway.
It’s tough to call exactly when Perry’s star was put out. It wasn’t just the oops moment when he forgot the third agency he would eliminate. Perry couldn’t cut it on the debate stage and his ideas where extreme by extreme measures.
Perry has endorsed Newt Gingrich which will further consolidate Republican support against Mitt Romney. The 33% or so South Carolina voters who are supporting Romney means that 2/3 of the GOP electorate prefer someone else. If those votes continue to go to Santorum or Gingrich, Romney’s going to be faced with a math problem.