As Governor Perry’s plane landed in Austin Thursday, the now-former presidential candidate is home, but what does home look like, politically, now?
"The person that left was at the top of his game, sort of all-powerful and unbeaten,” lobbyist and Perry’s long-time friend Bill Miller said. “He comes back changed, politically, because of what happened on the campaign trail."
Miller believes Perry is still the Texan we knew before he chased his political dreams on the national stage.
"I think Texas is a sympathetic place for our governor. When he gets back, he'll be received warmly,” he said.
But he won’t be getting a warm reception from Rebecca Acuña with the Texas Democratic Party. She says the governor put this national interest first and the state second.
"His whole agenda for the legislative session was to prop up his presidential bid," she said. "He slashed $4 billion from public education and refused to touch the $6 billion in our ‘rainy day fund’ so he could get the support from the Tea Party. That is going to affect Texas children."
The end of the governor’s campaign has left many wondering what is next for Perry, who still has three years left of his current term as governor.
"He could run for governor for another term. He could, at some point, decide he wants to throw his hat in the ring again for a presidential bid,” Sherri Greenberg with the LBJ School of Public Affairs said. “It remains to be seen."
A new poll by Public Policy Polling shows Perry’s approval rating has dropped. His support amongst Republicans has dropped from 78 percent in September to 67 percent. The poll shows an overall approval rating of 42 percent.