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Good News, Bad News for Perry Campaign

Gov. Perry heads into December needing lots of help to leapfrog GOP rivals.
Photo by Ben Philpott for KUT News.
Gov. Perry heads into December needing lots of help to leapfrog GOP rivals.

The "comeback" scenario for Texas Governor Rick Perry usually has him being able to outlast other candidates and be the last man standing between Mitt Romney and the nomination. Perry is believed to have enough money to get through January. Most of the others definitely don't.

So for Perry, having Herman Cain drop out of the race today, should give him a little boost going into the Iowa caucus.

And new GOP front runner Newt Gingrich doesn't have the money or election organization in place (yet) in Iowa. Having an organization in place is more important in a caucus state than an primary state because it's all about making sure you get people to the meetings on caucus night, rather than making sure people get to the polls during early voting.

So that's the "good" news.

The "bad" news is that it looks like the governor is going to need much more than a "little" boost just to keep from finishing last in Iowa.

A new poll by the Des Moines Register has Newt Gingrich in 1st with 25 percent of likely Republican caucusgoers, Texas Congressman Ron Paul is 2nd at 18 percent, with Mitt Romney in 3rd at 16 percent.

MUCH further down the list, you'll find Gov. Perry...tied for 6th place with Rick Santorum at 6 percent. Only former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who's not even campaigning in Iowa, finishes lower.



Ben Philpott is the Managing Editor for KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @BenPhilpottKUT.
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