Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson’s campaign is celebrating a third-place finish in Iowa and second-place finish in Wyoming but skipping the high-profile New Hampshire primary.
Thompson participated in Saturday’s Facebook/ABC/WMUR debate in Manchester, N.H., but he will kick off an 11-day bus tour in South Carolina on Tuesday as New Hampshire voters head to the polls, the New York Times reported.
The former senator’s focus on South Carolina’s Jan. 19 GOP primary has gotten recent media attention for an endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee, which mailed out postcards in the Palmetto State.
“The mailing, sent by the group’s political action committee, features a picture of an infant baby and says, ‘This little guy wants you to vote for Fred Thompson in the Republican primary,’” Pro-Life Web site Life News reported.
Thompson recently told CNN that his campaign is betting big on South Carolina.
“The Thompson campaign has begun to rotate staffers into the must-win state from their national headquarters in Virginia,” CNN reported. “This week, Thompson will avoid New Hampshire and head straight to the Palmetto State on Monday evening to prepare for a statewide bus tour and media push.”
After the Iowa caucus, Thompson spoke with supporters about the next phase of the race and stirred rumors that he may drop out early.
“Thompson implied he might soon drop out of the race, saying, ‘We’ll have to look at the final numbers and we’ll have to look at our money situation.’” Politico.com reported.