Perry Skipping New Hampshire, Heading Straight to South Carolina

Posted: Dec 31, 2011 7:37 PM

This just in-Rick Perry won't go to New Hampshire following the Iowa Caucus, and will head straight to South Carolina instead.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will skip a campaign swing through New Hampshire and instead head straight to South Carolina following the Iowa caucuses, according to a campaign press release Saturday.

"Gov. Rick Perry will travel to Greenville, S.C. on Jan. 4," it said. "Details regarding other events are forthcoming."

The release noted Perry planned to participate in the WMUR/ABC Debate in Manchester, N.H., on Jan. 7 and the NBC News-Facebook Debate in Concord, N.H., on Jan. 8.

Two days ago, Perry was saying that he did plan to spend time in New Hampshire. One can't know his reasoning for sure, but his polling numbers (currently around 2.3% in that state) couldn't have helped. Perhaps the team decided that New Hampshire is a sunk cost by now, and his comparative advantage lies in socially conservative South Carolina.