Rick Perry jumped out to a big lead almost immediately after entering the race. It’s been well documented what’s happened since then. A series of bad showings in nationally televised debates, dropped him in the polls almost as quickly as he had risen.
Rise professor Mark Jones believes Iowa may be Perry’s last stand.
"The Perry campaign clearly realizes that for it to have any possibility whatsoever of winning the Republican nomination it has to do very well in Iowa. Therefore the governor has invested virtually all of his time and most of his remaining financial resources to the final stretch in Iowa hoping to get a least a third place finish in the caucuses, or in the worst case finish fourth."
Most polls have the governor in fourth or fifth place behind Gingrich, Romney, Paul and Bachman. Professor Jones says Iowa will likely be Perry’s last hope.
"The Republican primary electorate still hasn’t warmed up completely to Mit Romney. So if they could finish third in Iowa and then use that to catapult Perry to second place in South Carolina, they could return to become the anti-Romney candidate."
Jones doesn’t believe that will happen and says even the Perry campaign may not think it will happen. But he says anything is possible, and it may be the case that Governor Perry is simply hoping for a good showing in Iowa in order to bow out of the race gracefully.