Rick Perry to Continue White House Bid

12:46 PM PST 01/04/2012 by Erin Carlson
CBS

"Here we come South Carolina," said the Texas governor.

Less than a day after leaving the GOP race to reassess his post-Iowa campaign, Rick Perry has decided to stay with it.

The Texas governor, who received just 10 percent of the vote following Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, said afterward he was suspending his campaign to go back to his home state.

Hours later, he appeared to give an answer on his Twitter page, posting an image of himself sporting running attire alongside the caption: "And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State...Here we come South Carolina!!!"

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According to ABC News, Perry told reporters Wednesday that he has no plans to call it quits just yet, despite his fifth-place finish in Iowa. 

"This wasn’t a hard decision,” Perry is cited as saying. "This is a quirky place and a quirky process to say the least, and we’re going to go into places where they have actual primaries and there are going to be real Republicans voting."

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Perry, 61, spent a lot of money in the Midwestern state, purchasing more than $4 million in campaign ads and organizing a support system that had 500-plus volunteers coming in from around the country in the days prior to the caucuses.

But in the end, Mitt Romney emerged victorious with eight more votes than runner-up Rick Santorum; Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich remain in the race, while Michele Bachmann dropped out earlier Wednesday, after placing sixth on Tuesday night.

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