Texas Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, who dropped out of the presidential race in January, endorsed former Governor of Massachusetts and presumptive Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday.
According to Reuters, Perry's endorsement is sign that GOP conservatives are coming to terms with what seems the inevitably of Romney as Republican presidential candidate.
ABC News reports that Perry said: “Mitt Romney has earned the Republican Presidential nomination through hard-work, a strong organization, and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration. So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for President and pledge to him, my constituents and the Republican Party. I will continue to work hard to help defeat President Obama. American jobs, economic stability and national security depend on electing a new president. Mitt’s vision and record of private sector success will put America back on the path of job creation, economic opportunity and limited government."
Romney, according to Reuters, said it was great to have Perry's support. He said that he looked forward to working with him.
Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich, former of House of Representatives Speaker, whom Perry had earlier endorsed, is dropping out of the race after Romney won a string of victories on Tuesday. The New York Times reports that Romney won victories in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, and a "significant boost in delegates moving him closer to the total needed to formally secure the nomination."
ABC News reports that a source close to the Gingrich campaign said the former Speaker of the House will suspend his campaign sometime next week. The Washington Post reports that a Gingrich spokesman said Gingrich's campaign was "working out an endorsement for Romney."
Romney's latest primary victories consolidated his position as the presumptive presidential nominee for the Republican party.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum also ended his campaign earlier in the month.