Texas governor Rick Perry finished fifth — just over ten percent of the vote — in the Iowa caucuses but, after saying on Tuesday night that he was going to rethink his campaign, he announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning that he is still headed to South Carolina:
And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State…Here we come South Carolina!!! yfrog.com/odz8ujrj
The tweet was accompanied by a photo of Perry in running garb.
After the results from the Iowa caucuses came in on Tuesday night, Perry had said “in an emotional speech” that he was returning to Texas to “determine if there is a path forward” for him candidacy. Politico reports that Perry’s spokesman, Mark Miner, said that he is “checking” on what Perry (who, according to Miner, controls his own Twitter account) meant by his tweet.
The National Journal says that Perry will go to New Hampshire for two weekend debates after spending a few days in Texas, and then move on to South Carolina.
Prior to the caucus, Perry’s campaign had spent millions on ads that made him out to be a “pious Washington outsider.”
Perry briefly became the front-runner among the Republican candidates this summer, only to fall to fifth place in less than five months, the New York Times observes. Along with conservative doubts about his positions on immigration and Social Security, his frankly weak performance at several debates contributed to the undoing of his campaign.
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