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Supporters: Perry Can Still Win SC

Following a disappointing finish in the Iowa Caucuses on Tuesday Gov. Rick Perry chose to return to Texas to reassess his position in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, rather than make several campaign stops planned for the Palmetto state.

It looks like Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn't calling it quits yet.

This morning, after announcing he was returning to Texas to reassess the race following a disappointing finish in the Iowa Caucuses and postponing several planned stops in South Carolina, Perry tweeted: "Here we come South Carolina!!!"

Coming in a distant fifth in the Iowa Caucuses is a far cry from the excitement and energy that surrounded Texas Gov. Rick Perry when he entered the GOP presidential race in Charleston in August.

Back then . On . When it was over, Perry announced he would return to Texas to reassess the race.

Meanwhile, many Perry supporters in the Palmetto State were holding out hope that Perry would continue his run for the nomination.

"He is the governor of a very large state and he has a lot of things on his plate," Patch blogger and conservative activist said. "But if he decides to stay in the race, I will continue to support him."

Simons believes that Perry can still win in South Carolina. Perry's record on job creation in Texas and his reputation for standing up to regulations are what won Simons over.

"I think in a year where the economy is so important, I liked his economic record the best," Simons said.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins chose to endorse Perry soon after he entered the race in the fall. Wilkins said he has no plans to give up on the Texas governor.

"I think he's wise to reassess the situation and determine what's best for him, what's best for his family," Wilkins said. "He's got a lot of things to consider like finances and strategy."

Wilkins said if Perry does decide to move forward, he will still have a solid chance to take a lead in the state.

"South Carolina would be a good state for him. He has the organization, he has the support and I think he could win South Carolina," Wilkins said.

S.C. Rep. Bill Taylor agrees.

"I'm thrilled that he has taken only a momentary pause and that he's on his way back to South Carolina" Taylor said. "He'll be back here Sunday afternoon and he will be spending a bunch of the time if not all of the time between now and Jan. 21 campaigning in South Carolina. This is his kind of state with his kind of people. They're Southern conservatives and he should do very, very well here."

Taylor reiterated his support for Perry as the only "true conservative" in the race and said the Texas governor's record should serve him well in S.C. primary voting.

"He has a true conservative track record while others' track records could be a lot less than that," Taylor said. "If people would actually look at the voting records of people and what they've accomplished, I believe they will find him to be the conservative candidate that could be president of the United States."

Taylor went on to discount the results in Iowa calling the caucus process "goofy."

"I think Iowa, with all due respect, it has a goofy electoral process," he said. "And 123,000 people showing up at caucuses, many of them Ron Paul supporters many of them not even Republicans does not make a statement for South Carolina and the rest of America. If anything the media would treat Iowa like the Super Bowl when it should be treated as more of a preseason game. It doesn't count."

Wilkins said Perry has led a strong campaign, but acknowledged that other candidates like Mitt Romney have the finances and organization to make more of an impact.

"There's only going to be one winner, we all know that, but Gov. Perry is an excellent candidate."

"If he's going to win anywhere it's going to be here in South Carolina," Wilkins added.

S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell endorsed Perry back in October and he stands behind his candidate, especially now, as Perry has decided to continue the campaign.

"We're looking forward to Gov. Perry coming to South Carolina," Harrell's spokesman Greg Foster said on Wednesday.

Tonto January 07, 2012 at 03:13 PM
No more "white guilt" vote for Obama Stanely :)
Mimi January 08, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Tonto the only Party bankrupting the country are the Republicans. What is the difference Tonto between communism and capitalism??? Communism is when man exploits man and capitalism is the other way around.
Tonto January 08, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Wrong,when people glorify a leader like in North Korea and manipulate the masses with pathological lies. Example - President Robin Hood is going to rob from the rich and give to the poor. Why do the rich become richer every time liberals "tax the rich" to solve everything? President Oblameo probably has a good one for that :)
jeffbwillis January 08, 2012 at 08:57 PM
It is important for Republicans to remember one fact. Perry received 40% of the Hispanic votes in the Texas 2010 Governatorial general election. This will make a difference in five key "must win," states for the Republicans: Florida, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. He is the most consistently conservative if you lump "fiscal convervatism and social conservatism together." Santorum is moderate at best on fiscal issues and is close ideologically to George W. Bush. Much closer than Perry! Gingrich has changed his positions too many times. Romney would "modify" Obama positions. That's not good enough! Perry has run the world's 13th largest economy in the world:It's a mystery that Tea Party hasn't embraced Perry. Maybe it's because many nationwide Tea parties have morphed into social conservative groups. Perry represents their last chance to maintain relevance. In addtion to Hispanics, Perry appeals to "blue collar" Democrats. This is another group that hasn't connected to Mitt Romney. The questions become (a) is Newt Gingrich electable and (b) can Rick Santorum go the distance? If the answer is "no" then Perry becomes the Romney alternative. He has the organization to go the distance. And he is perhaps the most electable of the field, including Romney. By simply winning the "South, Plains and Mountains" Perry takes 257 electoral votes. That translates to only needing to win one large state or two small states outside that region. The odds of that would be excellent.
Patriette January 09, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Folks, Governor Perry is the true conservative in this race! Unlike Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney, Perry upholds all three legs of Traditional Conservatism: Social Traditionalism, Fiscal Restraint, and a strong emphasis on national security. Under Governor Perry, Texas has created 45% of America's jobs since 2000. Governor Perry supports right-to-work laws. He has passed tort reform in Texas, which has reduced the number of frivolous lawsuits dramatically. He has fought for the rights of unborn babies, defunding Planned Parenthood in Texas and signing into law a bill requiring sonograms before abortions. He believes in following the Constitution--but unlike Ron Paul, he DOES believe in passing Constitutional amendments to protect traditional marriage. He doesn't trust the Federal Reserve OR the United Nations. Governor Perry's three plans for jump-starting the economy also include lifting onerous regulations on businesses, drastically reforming the tax code with an option 20% flat tax, passing a Balanced Budget amendment to the Constitution, and repealing Obamacare. Since Michele Bachmann dropped out of the race, Governor Perry is the only remaining Tea Party candidate. He is the only candidate who will work towards limiting our oversized federal government and returning power to the states. I support him because of this and in spite of the media's narrative he's stupid or too conservative. I won't settle for big-government Republicans--I will stick with Perry!

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