Protesters march on the Texas Capitol in Austin on March 5, demanding that lawmakers expand Medicaid to include an additional 1.5 million poor people. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Gov. Rick Perry rules the roost at the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7. But his endorsement of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst fell flat this week as Tea Party fave Ted Cruz crushed Dewhurst in a GOP runoff for U.S. Senate. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry salutes after announcing that he is suspending his campaign as a Republican presidential candidate. Mladen Antonov /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a Jan. 10 campaign stop at the Sun City Lake House in Fort Mill, S.C. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is barely registering in the polls in New Hampshire, which holds its primary on Tuesday. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry attends the Westside Conservative Club breakfast Wednesday in Urbandale, Iowa. Eric Gay/Associated Press hide caption

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a campaign event at Clark Electric Co-op on Dec. 27 in Osceola, Iowa. Perry's stance on immigration has troubled some Iowa voters. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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In a last bout of campaigning before Christmas, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota signs autographs at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, on Dec. 22. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks with voter Jane High before speaking at the Scott County Republican party's Ronald Reagan Dinner on Nov. 14 in Bettendorf, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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