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Texas Governor Rick Perry won’t seek re-election in 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history who famously muttered ‘‘oops’’ after forgetting during a 2011 presidential debate the third of three federal departments he’d pledged to close, announced Monday he won’t seek re-election next year to a fourth full term.

A staunch Christian conservative, proven job-creator and fierce defender of states’ rights, Perry has been in office nearly 13 years, making him the nation’s longest-sitting current governor.

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