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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