A Final Indignity Where the Crusade Began

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Year after year, the legend grew, in election night parties that always ended the same way — in victory.

But Rick Perry’s winning streak has finally come to its inglorious end, and the magnitude of the loss is easily as big as the almost 30 years of unbroken triumph.

On Thursday, when he announced his “strategic retreat” from the 2012 presidential race, Perry was standing in a plain conference room at a Hyatt hotel near the Charleston airport.

The Hyatt was a last-minute substitute for the luxurious and more expensive downtown Marriott, its cancellation ...

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