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UPDATE: Rick Perry drops out of GOP presidential race

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WKOW) -- Rick Perry has ended his campaign to become the next President of the United States.

Perry announced that he was dropping out of the GOP presidential race Thursday morning in South Carolina.

Perry's announcement comes just hours before the remaining GOP presidential candidates take the podium at the presidential town hall debate in Charleston, South Carolina hosted by CNN and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

On Saturday, South Carolina voters will take to the polls in that state's pivotal primary.

Perry is now endorsing Newt Gingrich.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WKOW) -- CNN is reporting that Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce Thursday that he is dropping out of the GOP presidential race.

Sources say Perry plans to endorse Newt Gingrich.

Perry is schedule to make the announcement official at a news conference in North Charleston, South Carolina at 10:00 a.m. Thursday. Watch it live on www.wkow.com/live.

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