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.