Rick Perry is out of the Republican presidential race, and is apparently endorsing Newt Gingrich has he goes. Perry’s campaign was expected to dazzle, and his mediocre, gaffe-ridden performance has been one of the genuine surprises of the past few months. Not only has Perry ruined his chances for 2012, some believe he’s permanently locked himself out of a presidential bid with his poor performance.
Meanwhile, ABC is reportedly preparing to air an alleged ‘bombshell’ interview with Newt Gingrich’s second wife Marianne Gingrich, with analysts breathlessly speculating as to what she will say. There’s speculation that she could pretty much bring down Gingrich’s campaign, although to be fair it’s often the case that such interviews are hyped up and fail to deliver. We’ll have to wait for the interview in the next 48 hours, but it’s worth noting that Marianne Gingrich has previously failed to mention anything too explosive in recent interviews.
The Republican field is now down to just four main contenders: Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. Romney looks almost certain to take the nomination, but Gingrich retains hopes of overtaking him. Santorum looks like a spent force (surprise!), while Ron Paul has been written off by the media many times, only to prove that he enjoys substantial support.