Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he would suspend his campaign for Republican presidential nomination and endorse former House speaker Newt Gingrich in a Thursday news conference.

WashingtonPost.com coverage:

The Fix: Perry ends presidential candidacy, endorses Gingrich

Rick Perry’s 2012 presidential bid\

@MentionMachine: Track Twitter activity about Rick Perry

The Plumline: Perry endorses Gingrich, but will it matter?

Watch video from of Perry’s news conference here and view tweets from PostPolitics reporters after the jump.