Texas was front and center during last year’s search for a GOP presidential candidate.
Both Governor Rick Perry and longtime Congressman Ron Paul threw their hats into the ring, and while neither won the nod, they each left their stamp on national politics.
The possibility of Rick Perry for president came to a crushing halt at the beginning of 2012. After a series of debate mishaps, and poor performances in primaries and caucuses, Perry called it quits on the national scale.
"So I will leave the trail and return home to Texas, wind down my 2012 campaign, and I will do so with pride, knowing I gave fully of myself of a cause worthy of this country," Rick Perry said from South Carolina.
After taking some time to regroup, Perry was back on the campaign trail, this time helping his former rival Mitt Romney, and doing what he could to help Lt. Governor David Dewhurst win a Republican primary battle against Tea Party darling Ted Cruz.
Both Romney and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst lost their respective elections.
But for many fans of the Libertarian-leaning Dr. Ron Paul, 2012 still seemed like the year a Texan would once again lead the nation.
"There's a big fight going on, and we're involved in it,” Dr. Ron Paul said. “But everybody else, a bunch of them, are joining us and saying you've gone too far, the Ron Paul people were right about overstepping their bounds."
Even as all the other Republican candidates began to bow out—leaving room for Romney to accept the party's nomination—Congressman Ron Paul pressed on...
But in the end, it wasn't Perry or Paul's year—or Mitt Romney’s for that matter—to move into the White House.
With 2012 now in the history books, the speculation over whether a Texan, Rick Perry or otherwise, will take over in 2016 begins to grow.