Defiant Texas Gov. Perry coming to New Hampshire

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Associated Press

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 19 at 6:02 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry will visit the first-in-the-nation primary state this weekend after his indictment on charges he abused the power of his office.

Some Republican voters are focused less on the indictment and more on how Perry handles it, for clues of his prospects in the 2016 presidential race.

Dante Scala, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire, says if Perry wants to make a serious shot at a presidential run, he'll have to work harder to make Republicans forget his troubled 2012 bid.

Perry is charged with carrying out a threat to veto $7.5 million in funding for the state's public integrity unit after Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, refused to resign following a drunken driving arrest.

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