Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - When Texas Gov. Rick Perry leaves the Hawkeye State after Tuesday's caucuses, he's heading straight to South Carolina instead of New Hampshire.
The Perry GOP presidential campaign says the Texas governor will meet and greet voters in the Palmetto State on Wednesday. A release from Perry's campaign in South Carolina said he will make appearances in Aiken and North Augusta on January 4. Perry's national campaign also said he will visit the conservative stronghold of Greenville the same day.
The national campaign also says Perry will be in New Hampshire next weekend to participate in two scheduled Republican presidential debates.
New Hampshire holds the second contest in the primary and caucus season, with its primary coming one week after Iowa's caucuses. South Carolina comes third in the calendar, holding the first southern contest. It's January 21 primary comes 11 days after the Granite State's primary.
For candidates like Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, spending time next week in South Carolina rather than New Hampshire seems like a smart strategy.
Rival candidate Mitt Romney, who was governor of neighboring Massachusetts, is the overwhelming front-runner in the most recent polls of likely New Hampshire primary voters. It's a different story in South Carolina, where older polling indicated Gingrich was the front-runner. And South Carolina Republicans are closer in nature to those in Iowa, where socially conservative voters predominate.
In New Hampshire, fiscal conservatives are more influential, as are independent voters, who tend to play an important role in that state's primary results.
–CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report