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Caucus a major slip on Perry's cakewalk


The following is from the Jan. 3, 2012, edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson provided expertise for this story.

January 6, 2012

By Bud Kennedy

Now that the hog farmers have had their say, one Texan is going on to a winter tour of South Carolina.
But it's not Gov. Rick Perry. That's where his cakewalk to the White House was supposed to begin, at a now-canceled stop today at an Aiken, S.C., store named The Gun Rack.

Instead, Perry is going home to Austin, and the South Carolina primary on Jan. 21 will be a test for Texan Ron Paul, arguing that he's the only "anti-Romney" who can unite libertarians, evangelicals and Kelly Clarkson fans against the former Massachusetts governor.

For what little it's worth, Paul did well in Iowa's cornfields Tuesday night. Perry did not....

SMU political science professor Cal Jillson foresaw the end: "No candidate has finished out of the money in Iowa and New Hampshire" -- that primary is Tuesday, and Perry is far behind -- "and then played a significant role."...

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