SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Several key staff have left Newt Gingrich's campaign, including his campaign manager. Some of them have longstanding ties to Governor Rick Perry, who has already said he's considering a run for the White House.
This has some questioning whether the governor is getting ready to get in the race.
"It seems to be getting more likely as many of the republican front-runners seem to be backing out and the field gets narrower. Governor Perry is looking better and better to a lot of people," says Bryan Hughes, District 5 State Representative.
Hughes says word spread fast on the house floor. Rob Johnson, Newt Gingrich's campaign manager, is no longer in the campaign camp. Johnson is actually a former Perry staffer who the governor once called "one of the smartest and most respected political strategists in the state."
Dave Carney, who signed on with Gingrich earlier this year, is a political consultant who has worked with Governor Perry for nearly a decade. Carney also turned in his resignation to Gingrich.
Smith County Republican party chair Ashton Oravetz says the campaign resignations aren't too surprising.
"You don't want to run something that you know is going to lose," explains Oravetz.
All eyes and ears are on Governor Perry. Thursday, it became known that Gingrich's campaign spokesman also submitted his resignation along with aides in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, which are crucial primary states.