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Late Night Eulogizes Rick Perry's Campaign, Gaffes and All

Judging by his dismal poll numbers toward the end, not many GOP voters will miss Rick Perry's candidacy — but Jimmy Kimmel sure will.

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    Jimmy Kimmel will miss Rick Perry now that he's bowed out of the GOP presidential primary race.

    Judging by his dismal poll numbers toward the end, not many GOP voters will miss Rick Perry's candidacy — but Jimmy Kimmel sure will.

    The gaffe-prone Texas governor dropped out of the race Thursday because, as Jimmy Fallon explained on "Late Night" Thursday, "he just couldn't get over that one campaign hurdle — you know, talking."

    After entering the GOP primary race as a presumed front-runner, Perry quickly slipped in the polls to look less like a shoo-in and more like a dilettante with his debate flubs and forgetfulness.

    "He left [the race] the same way he entered it: confused and possibly a little bit drunk," Jimmy Kimmel joked on his show Thursday night.

    "I am gonna miss Rick Perry," Kimmel added.

    And as a eulogy to the one-time hopeful's campaign, he cued a montage of debate flub footage intercut with shots of "American Idol" judges cringing at bad performances.