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State director: Reports of Rick Perry's demise in SC are greatly exaggerated

Published: Sep. 9, 2015 at 3:41 PM EDT|Updated: May. 12, 2016 at 1:21 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Reports of Rick Perry's presidential campaign shutting down in South Carolina are greatly exaggerated, according to the campaign's state director.

Katon Dawson, Perry's South Carolina director, says that the campaign did close it's headquarters office in downtown Columbia, but said initial reports by CNN saying the state campaign was shut down are incorrect.

Dawson said he moved the campaign to another one of his properties off Bluff Road, citing safety concerns around the first office's location.

The former Texas governor's second presidential campaign hit a speed bump in early August in South Carolina, moving campaign staff to unpaid, volunteer positions.

Dawson confirmed the state headquarters is running with one paid staffer and three volunteers.

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