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Perry weighing whether to drop bid

Wednesday, January 04, 2012
FILE - In this July 27, 2011, file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a ceremonial bill signing for a new tort reform measure in Houston. According to Perry spokesman Mark Miner, the Texas governor will announce on Saturday, Aug. 13, that he is running for president. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

FILE - In this July 27, 2011, file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a ceremonial bill signing for a new tort reform measure in Houston. According to Perry spokesman Mark Miner, the Texas governor will announce on Saturday, Aug. 13, that he is running for president. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

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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