Perry at Ames

This Saturday in South Carolina, Texas governor Rick Perry is expected to make clear that he’s running in 2012. While he is delivering that speech, a band of supporters will be working the crowd at Ames, Iowa, over a thousand miles away, urging Republicans to break with tradition and support Perry with a write-in vote.

“My expectations for Perry in the straw poll would be very, very low,” says Doug Gross, a former gubernatorial nominee who was the Iowa chairman for the Romney campaign in the 2008 cycle. Gross points to the key importance of a campaign’s organization in boosting supporter turnout at Ames.

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