Perry weighing whether to drop bid

By Steve Peoples

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry pauses on caucus night Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Evan Vucci, Associated Press

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign is telling staffers he will decide in the next day or two whether to stay in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

That was the message Perry's national political director delivered on a conference call with staffers Wednesday morning, a day after Perry came in fifth in the leadoff Iowa presidential caucuses.

Early Wednesday, advisers said Perry would look closely at the Iowa results, review the organizational and financial resources, and assess the political landscape in South Carolina and beyond.

But after a dismal showing, pressure was building for him to drop out.

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