Texas Governor Rick Perry, after suffering the first defeat of his political career Tuesday in Iowa, has changed course yet again, and is now headed for the South Carolina primary which takes place January 21.
After a crushing defeat in the Iowa GOP caucuses where he garnered just 10 percent of the vote, Perry had announced he was heading back to his home state to reassess the campaign. However, less than 12 hours after the announcement, he tweeted he was headed to the Palmetto State.
“And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State...Here we come South Carolina!!!” the tweet read. It also showed Perry, athletically clad in running gear, giving the thumbs-up.
Perry spent more TV advertising dollars, $4.5 million, in Iowa than any other Republican presidential contender. He has already purchased television ad time in South Carolina and is now hedging his bets that he can appeal to the state’s conservative GOP base.
Perry’s sudden reversal comes at almost the same time Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced her decision to drop out of the GOP race after finishing behind the Texas governor in sixth place in Iowa. She garnered just five percent of the vote.
“I just said I was going to reassess last night,” Perry told reporters at the Sheraton West Des Moines, the Houston Chronicle reports. “I reassessed. We’re headed to New Hampshire and then to South Carolina."