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Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry waves to the crowd as he steps to the podium to speak at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015.(Credit: AP / David Goldman)

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Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. After poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, Perry dropped out of the race Jan. 19 -- three days before the South Carolina primary. He left office in January 2015, and launched his 2016 campaign on June 4, 2015.

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