As the New Hampshire results roll in and show him batting clean-up among the major Republican candidates, Rick Perry’s press shop emailed a statement:
Tonight’s results in New Hampshire show the race for ‘conservative alternative’ to Mitt Romney remains wide open. I skipped New Hampshire and aimed my campaign right at conservative South Carolina, where we’ve been campaigning hard and receiving an enthusiastic welcome. I believe being the only non-establishment outsider in the race, the proven fiscal and social conservative and proven job creator will win the day in South Carolina.
South Carolina is the next stop. I have a head start here, and it’s friendly territory for a Texas governor and veteran with solid outsider credentials, the nation’s best record of job creation, and solid fiscal, social and Tea Party conservatism.
The trouble, of course, is parlaying a 1 percent showing in New Hampshire into improved numbers in a Southern state where Perry is polling 5 percent.
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