Washington: Even as pundits and political analysts were quick to predict that Mitt Romney in all likelihood was headed to be the Republican presidential nominee after he won the New Hampshire Primary, the Texas Governor, Rick Perry, said that the race is still wide open.

Perry, who received one percent of the total votes polled in the New Hampshire primary as he skipped the State where Romney got 37 percent of the votes, in a statement said, race for conservative alternative to the latter remains wide open.

Endorsed by Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, Perry is currently campaigning in South Carolina where the next primary is scheduled for January 21.

"Tonight's results in New Hampshire show the race for 'conservative alternative' to Mitt Romney remains wide open.

I skipped New Hampshire and aimed my campaign right at conservative South Carolina, where we've been campaigning hard and receiving an enthusiastic welcome," Perry said in a statement.

"I believe being the only non-establishment outsider in the race, the proven fiscal and social conservative and proven job creator will win the day in South Carolina," he said.

"South Carolina is the next stop.

I have a head start here, and its friendly territory for a Texas governor and veteran with solid outsider credentials, the nation's best record of job creation, and solid fiscal, social and Tea Party conservatism," Perry said.

Notably South Carolina is governed by Indian American, Nikki Haley, who is supporting Romney.