Texas Governor Rick Perry will try to take a share of the spotlight shining on the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday and direct it to the East Coast, where the yet-undeclared presidential hopeful will be the star attraction at Republican events in two key early primary states on the same day.
Perry will speak at the RedState Gathering, a national conference of conservative bloggers, in Charleston, South Carolina, before flying on up the coast to appear at a house party on his behalf in Greenland, New Hampshire. He is expected to make clear his intention to run for President, though a formal announcement of his candidacy will take place in Texas, probably some time next week, sources told Politico.
Perry's name is not on the ballot at the Ames event, but a political action group called Americans for Perry has been promoting write-in votes for the Texas Governor. He has been the subject of increasing speculation about the GOP campaign in recent weeks, especially among Republicans unimpressed with the current field of candidates.
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