“It’s difficult to foresee any way Perry turns this around,” said David Woodard, a Republican strategist who teaches at Clemson University in South Carolina. “Once you get stereotyped and dismissed, it’s hard to overcome.”…

“In a jobs debate, hand’s down he’s the candidate,” said Katon Dawson, Perry’s state chairman. “We just have to work hard, tell our story and hope for the best.”

Perry, who attends an evangelical church in Texas, has always made his Christian faith a big part of his public image, which could be an asset in a state where two-thirds of primary voters in 2008 attended church at least once a week.