ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz):
Texas Governor Rick Perry will make a his first trip to Iowa Sunday, Perry’s campaign confirms.
Perry will speak at a fundraiser hosted by the Black Hawk County Republicans in Waterloo, Iowa, just one day after he gives a speech in which intends to make clear he will seek the presidency.
The Texas governor’s trip to the Hawkeye state will round out a tour of key early primary and caucus states for the 2012 election. He begins the weekend in South Carolina, speaking at the RedState Gathering, a conference for conservative bloggers and privately meets with GOP leaders in South Carolina.
Perry will then fly to New Hampshire for a house party hosted by state Rep. Pamela Tucker to meet Granite State Republicans in Greenland.
Perry’s trip to Iowa will follow a week of heavy campaigning by other GOP candidates in Iowa as they gear up for a debate Thursday and the Ames Straw Poll Saturday. Perry’s name will not appear on the official ballot, but volunteers with the grassroots group “Americans for Rick Perry” are encouraging Iowa voters to write-in the Texas governor’s name when they cast their poll vote.