Bachmann heads to South Carolina, post-Iowa
January 1st, 2012
01:38 PM ET
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Bachmann heads to South Carolina, post-Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – After Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, Michele Bachmann will head to South Carolina followed by New Hampshire, the next states to vote on the road to the White House, the Bachmann campaign confirmed to CNN.

The travel plans are further evidence the congresswoman from neighboring Minnesota is planning to forge on with her campaign, whatever the outcome in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses and despite her low poll figures in national and state wide surveys.

Bachmann isn't the only candidate to head first to South Carolina before traveling to New Hampshire. Rick Perry's presidential campaign also said the Texas governor will meet with voters Wednesday in South Carolina before heading to New Hampshire next weekend to participate in two scheduled Republican presidential debates.

Another Republican White House hopeful, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, said he will travel first to New Hampshire.

A recent CNN/Time/ORC international poll of likely voters in the Jan. 10 New Hampshire primary showed Bachmann at the bottom of the pack with 3% support. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received 44% support, followed by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 17%, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 16%, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman with 9% and Santorum with 4%. Perry came in last place with 2% support.

Huntsman is also expected to campaign in South Carolina, despite his campaign's heavy push in New Hampshire. One of Huntsman's chief strategists, Richard Quinn, has called for an aggressive campaign in the Palmetto State, even if he falls short of winning the New Hampshire primary.

New Hampshire holds the second contest in the primary and caucus season, with its primary one week after Iowa's caucuses. South Carolina comes third in the calendar, holding the first Southern contest on Jan. 21, 11 days after the Granite State's primary.

For candidates like Perry and Bachmann, spending time next week in South Carolina rather than New Hampshire seems like a smart strategy. While Romney is the overwhelming frontrunner in New Hampshire, it is a different story in South Carolina, where older polling indicated Gingrich was in the lead.

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 open primary.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • New Hampshire • South Carolina
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. ClydeTheSlyde

    Michele seems to be taking a page from the script of "The Producers", "You can make more from a flop than a hit.". It's more about book sales and laundering PAC money.

    January 1, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. The Unsub

    Message to Bock-Man....GET OUT OF THE RACE!!!

    January 1, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Dick D'Addario

    I hope Santorum becomes the GOP candidate. That way Obama will have no trouble getting re-elected. Santorum's extreme views may play well to the Conservative bloc but not mainstream America. As for Bachmann – the country can sleep safer now that she's in last place. Her crazy statements prove time and again that she doesn't have the aptitude to be President.

    January 1, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. WhereIsPalin

    Absolutely delusional.

    January 1, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. ConstitutionalbackerRP

    She has no Idea whatsoever that she is Finished ! The core of her team has jumped ship. The Evangelical ( Today's Special Interest Group) supporters have given up on her, asked her to pull out, and now support Rick Santorum( which is the Bulk of his surge). Rated by Fax Check as a " Pants on Fire " Lier at Debates and in public red- handed ! She has absolutely No Shame . My 2012 prediction: She will be arrested as a protesterat at a Gay rally!

    January 1, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |