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Rick Perry Not Dropping Out? 'Here We Come South Carolina'

01/04/2012 11:55 am ET | Updated Jan 04, 2012

Texas governor Rick Perry says he will remain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, despite his poor showing in Iowa.

Perry tweeted on Wednesday morning, "And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State... Here we come South Carolina!!!" with a picture of the candidate giving the thumbs-up sign.

A reporter for the Dallas Morning News also confirmed Perry's intention to forge on, tweeting "Griffin Perry just told me #RickPerry spoke with his wife this morning after a good jog cleared his head and they're onto S. Carolina."

National Journal reports that according to an anonymous senior Republican official, Perry will take a couple of days off in Texas and then head to New Hampshire for this weekend's debates.

Perry finished in fifth place in Iowa, receiving just 10 percent of the vote. In a speech given before the full results were announced, showing former Mass. governor Mitt Romney the winner, Perry said he was returning to Texas to reflect on the best path forward, spurring talk he would be dropping out of the race.


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