Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Friday he is suspending his presidential campaign, becoming the first casualty in a 17-person Republican presidential field.
Perry announced the news on Friday at an event in St. Louis, Missouri.
"I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States," he said Friday at an event in St. Louis, according to prepared remarks sent out by his campaign.
The former governor's campaign has struggled in recent weeks after he failed to qualify for the Fox News main stage debate in early August.
Perry also failed to qualify for the second main stage Republican debate, which will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next week.
Get used to that losing feeling, Republicans. You'll get to experience a lot more of it soon.