Texas Governor Rick Perry salutes as he announces that he is suspending his campaign as a Republican presidential candidate on Thursday in Charleston, S.C. (MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

And despite having Perry’s support, Gingrich faces criticism following claims by his ex-wife Marianne that the candidate asked for an “open marriage” during the time he was advocating family and religious values in speeches around the country.

So, amidst a number of unexpected twists and the South Carolina primary days away, we ask: What’s next in the GOP race?

Share your predictions in the comment thread below. Also, be sure to recommend comments you like. We’ll watch the thread and feature some of our favorite predictions later today.

Related:

Perry quits GOP race, endorses Gingrich

Stakes raised for Romney before tonight’s debate

New Iowa caucus tally puts Santorum ahead of Romney by 34 votes

Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife Marianne says he wanted an ‘open marriage’

Gallery: Field of Republican candidates dwindles