Peter Hamby reports for CNN
Rick Perry is telling supporters that he will drop his bid Thursday for the Republican presidential nomination, two sources familiar with his plans told CNN.
The Texas governor will make the announcement before the CNN debate in South Carolina, the sources said.
It was not known immediately whether Perry will endorse another candidate.
Politico reports that Perry will endorse Newt Gingrich
Sources told POLITICO that Gingrich and Perry had a secret meeting to discuss a possible endorsement.
Gingrich had been assiduously lobbying Perry officials in recent days, POLITICO has learned. The former House speaker has repeatedly texted Perry manager Joe Allbaugh.
It gives the surging Gingrich a huge boost heading into the final debate tonight, and the South Carolina primary on Saturday, in which he’s already closing in on Mitt Romney.
Perry has indicated he plans to support Gingrich, two sources confirm. Gingrich wrote the forward to Perry’s states rights’ tome, “Fed Up!”