Texas Gov. Rick Perry
is expected to make his presidential candidacy official this weekend in a speech to conservative activists in South Carolina, a move that could reshuffle the Republican race and dislodge Mitt Romney
from his purported front-runner status.
Mark Miner, a spokesman for the Texas governor, said he "will make his intentions known on Saturday," but declined to say what Perry would announce.
All signs point to Perry jumping in the race, however. After visiting South Carolina on Saturday, he's scheduled to make swings through New Hampshire and Iowa.
Perry himself made it clear he was on the verge of entering the Republican contest in an interview with Time magazine, saying he was increasingly comfortable that "this is what I'm supposed to be doing."
"I've got the calmness in my heart," he said.