Keyword: Ted Cruz. Jeb Bush

Rick Perry Exit From 2016 Contest Would Likely Benefit Ted Cruz in Texas Primary Race

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

The news of the Rick Perry campaign's problems meeting payroll is feeding expectations that the former Texas governor's second bid for the presidential nomination is nearing its end. Their messaging notwithstanding, it's fair to consider the possible implications of a Perry exit by looking at who the Texas Perry supporters said would be their second choice among the remaining candidates in the June 2015 UT/Texas Tribune Poll.