Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry became the first candidate to drop out of the 2016 presidential campaign this evening, as USA Today reports:
Former Texas governor Rick Perry is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination after failing to convince primary voters to give him a second look.
Perry also withdrew from the 2012 field after finishing fifth in the Iowa caucuses. He had been scheduled to participate in the lower-tier debate hosted by CNN next week....
Perry was barely registering in the polls amid a field of more than a dozen candidates, including Donald Trump, who has surged to the top and commanded the vast majority of media attention.