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Friday, September 11, 2015

Perry Out

We have our first withdrawn candidate, and his name is Rick Perry. Unlike 2012, when his entrance into the race saw him sport massive national leads, this time around he could never get anything going. We knew things were pretty bad last month when he announced that, due to fundraising difficulties, he had to stop paying staff. His polling had been bad all campaign, and in recent weeks it turned anemic. For the August 6 debates, he found himself in the matinee, though at least he was at the center of its stage, ready to pounce if one of the top ten blundered. But it was Carly Fiorina, not Rick Perry, who capitalized that afternoon. (She now finds herself at the adult's table for this Wednesday's debate.) Of the last eight polls, he topped out at 2 in a solitary poll.

Yesterday's CNN/ORC poll was probably the final nail in the coffin. It clocked him at 0 percent support, behind even Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Santorum, candidates that once looked up at him in national polling.

So yeah, it was time. With two failed presidential bids behind him, it's clear that he'll have to rest his laurels on being the longest serving governor in Texas history.

Implications on race: None. The field can divvy up his one percent of support any way it wants.

Coincidentally, Perry has dropped out in the same week we actually added another candidate, so the combined field stays at 22 strong. Who is this new candidate? I'll talk about him tomorrow.

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