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Perry hopes to regroup in South Carolina

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Rick Perry is shrugging off a disappointing showing in the Iowa caucuses, saying he'll complete in South Carolina regardless of the final tallies.

The Texas governor encouraged supporters to keep the faith as his advisers cast the coming contest in South Carolina as the first real test of Perry's presidential campaign. Perry says he has always considered his bid "a marathon."

His team is planning events in South Carolina for Wednesday.

Perry made a last-minute push to avoid an embarrassing finish. At his first town hall-style meeting, he offered a sometimes rambling 25-minute speech and opened the floor to questions.

No one in the audience rushed to ask him questions. To fill the gap, Perry awkwardly hummed the theme song from the game show "Jeopardy!"

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