A conservative Christian, Gov. Rick Perry is expected to run strongest in the South. His attempts to make inroads in New Hampshire Thursday showed mixed signs of success.
If Texas Gov. Rick Perry has an inner Evangelical cowboy, he kept it on a tight rein during his second day in the Granite State Thursday. Save for an oversize belt buckle, a couple quick “God bless yous,” and a relaxed gait that comes off as saddle soreness, Governor Perry was all suit and tie, and jobs, jobs, jobs.
The impressions that Perry makes in New Hampshire are important. When it comes to the 2012 presidential primary season, this is seen as "Romney country" – bordering Massachusetts, where Mitt Romney was governor, and also more in line with Mr. Romney's centrist platform.
But New Hampshire could provide a glimpse of Perry's prospects for success – both in the primaries and in a potential general election faceoff with President Obama. While the conservative Perry, an overt Evangelical Christian, seems likely to win wide support across the South, any show of strength in a purple state like New Hampshire – neither red nor blue – would bolster his campaign and point to the potential for broader appeal among November voters.
IN PICTURES: Republicans in the 2012 presidential race
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