Perry says he's dropping out of presidential race

(AP) - Republican Rick Perry says he'sdropping out of the GOP presidential race and endorsing NewtGingrich.The Texas governor announced his decision Thursday at a newsconference

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - (AP) - Republican Rick Perry says he'sdropping out of the GOP presidential race and endorsing NewtGingrich.

The Texas governor announced his decision Thursday at a newsconference in South Carolina, two days before the state's primary.

Perry said he concluded there was no "viable path forward" forhim in the race. He praised Gingrich as a "conservativevisionary."

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