Rick Perry Enters GOP
Presidential Contest - Pawlenty Exits
August 14, 2011
The race for the Republican party's nomination to oppose U.S. President
Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election has been shaken up with
one governor entering the race and one former governor dropping out.
Governor Rick Perry
Texas governor Rick Perry announced his candidacy on Saturday, the same
day the midwestern state of Iowa held what is called a "straw poll,"
seen as an early indication of voters' preference.
That test vote was narrowly won by Congresswoman Michele Bachman of
Minnesota, with Texas Congressman Ron Paul coming in second. But the
former governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, finished a distant third and
on Sunday he announced he is dropping out of the race.
a favorite of conservative Tea Party activists, is considered a top
contender for the Republican nomination. She is campaigning on a
platform of lower taxes and a smaller federal government. But Perry is
seen as a formidable challenger. And although he was not on the ballot
in Iowa, he earned more write-in votes (718) than former Massachusetts
Governor Mitt Romney, who up to now has been considered the
Perry is the longest -serving governor in the nation and the
longest-serving in U.S. history. He became governor in 2000, taking over
the post vacated by George W. Bush when he became president.
Iowa's straw vote was held five months before the Iowa caucuses, the
first serious vote in the long presidential campaign season.