Former Texas governor Rick Perry drops out of US presidential race

 Former Texas governor Rick Perry dropped out of the US presidential race Friday, becoming the first casualty in a crowded battle for the Republican Party nomination in 2016.

Washington: Former Texas governor Rick Perry dropped out of the US presidential race Friday, becoming the first casualty in a crowded battle for the Republican Party nomination in 2016.

"Today I am suspending my campaign for the president of the United States," Perry told a crowd in St. Louis, Missouri.

"I step aside knowing our party is in good hands."

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