Minutes ago via Twitter, Governor Rick Perry announced he is staying in the race and heading for South Carolina. This will have a very interesting impact and will most benefit Mitt Romney.

Romney is certain to win New Hampshire leaving the third caucus/primary vote in South Carolina to be Rick Santorum’s next opportunity for a clear victory, as he seems likely to have defeated quickly plummeting Newt Gingrich. However, in this heavily Evangelical Christian state, Perry is certain to take votes from both Santorum and Gingrich. Having the three candidates battling over the same Evangelical votes will only help Romney rather than this potential voting block uniting behind one candidate.

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