WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa caucuses may have claimed a political casualty.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who finished fifth, says he's returning to Texas for "prayer and reflection" and will determine "whether there is a path forward" for his White House bid.
In an emotional address to supporters in West Des Moines, Perry thanked his backers but says he needs to think about whether there is a strategy for restarting his campaign in South Carolina.
Earlier, his advisers tried to suggest that the first primary in the South would allow Perry to regain ground.