The Washington Times - January 19, 2012, 09:37AM

Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to drop out of the presidential race, according to CNN’s Peter Hamby. Mr. Perry has had a difficult time getting his footing back since his poor debate performances and setbacks pushed his poll numbers down after riding wave of support when he initially entered the race in August during the Iowa Straw Poll. 

A further examination of the Perry campaign collapse can be read about in a Politico piece from early January:


Yet the view of the outsiders who took over Perry’s campaign is that the candidate was set up for failure by an insular group led by Dave Carney, the governor’s longtime political guru, which thought they could run a presidential campaign like a larger version of a gubernatorial race and didn’t take the basic steps needed to professionalize the operation until the candidate already was sinking.

“They put the campaign together like all the other Perry campaigns: raise a bunch of money, don’t worry about the [media coverage], don’t worry about debates and buy the race on TV,” said a top Perry official. “You have to be a total rube to think a race for president is the same as a race for governor.

”Because Perry had never been defeated in his career in state politics — and came from behind to crush Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in last year’s Texas gubernatorial primary — his Texas operation projected an air of supreme self-assurance and indifference to outside advice.

After losing the Iowa caucuses Perry skipped campaigning in New Hampshire and flew to South Carolina to try to make a last ditch effort to appeal to southern evangelicals and other social conservatives. However, Mr. Perry failed to capture the endorsement of 150 social conservative leaders who met in his home state this week. These conservative activists threw their support behind former Senator Rick Santorum, instead. 

Mr. Perry will address members of the press at 11am on Thursday about this reported news.