GOP Presidential Field Just Got Smaller Rick Perry drops out of the 2016 race By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Sep 11, 2015 4:25 PM CDT 95 comments Comments In this Aug. 22, 2015, photo, Rick Perry speaks at the Defending the American Dream summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. (Paul Vernon) (Newser) – Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is dropping out of the race for president, ending his second bid for the Republican nomination and becoming the first major candidate of the 2016 campaign to give up on the White House. His struggling campaign has been strapped for campaign cash and stuck polling at near zero. Perry's campaign said the longest-serving governor in Texas history would tell a group of conservative activists in St. Louis tonight that "some things have become clear." "We have a tremendous field, the best in a generation, so I step aside knowing our party is in good hands, and as long as we listen to the grassroots, the cause of conservativism will be too," Perry planned to say according to remarks released by his campaign. Earlier, two people familiar with his plans told the AP that Perry would be dropping out of the race.