Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News
Gov. Rick Perry hopes to connect with South Carolina voters and save his presidential campaign.
For Gov. Rick Perry's presidential hopes, it's South Carolina or bust.
Perry campaign spokesman Ray Sullivan told NBC 5 that Perry won't even be in New Hampshire for the Jan. 10 election.
Perry finished last in an NBC News-Marist poll released Friday. He had the backing of only 1 percent of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire.
Perry will participate in two New Hampshire debates this weekend, but then quickly head to South Carolina to campaign ahead of that state's Jan. 21 primary.
But there's more bad news for the Perry campaign: He's not polling well in South Carolina, either.
According to a Rasmussen Reports poll in South Carolina, Perry has 5 percent support.
In an effort to boost his sagging numbers, Perry's camp released a new ad for South Carolina TV called "Values."
Perry hopes the ad will boost his numbers. If not, the governor will return to Texas 0-3 in presidential election contests.
In the NBC News-Marist poll, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had 42 percent support in New Hampshire, Rep. Ron Paul had 22 percent and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had 13 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman tied at 9 percent.
The poll was conducted Wednesday and Thursday. The margin of error for the 711 likely Republican primary voters surveyed is +/- 3.7 percentage points.
Romney had 27 percent in the Rasmussen Reports poll in South Carolina. Santorum was in second place with 24 percent, and Gingrich followed him with 18 percent. Paul was in fourth place with 11 percent.
The poll of 750 likely Republican primary voters was conducted Thursday and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.
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