Perry seeking to change dynamics of GOP race

Though he’s not officially a candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s visits this weekend to three important presidential nominating states threaten to overshadow any lift his would-be rivals hope to gain from a big week in Iowa.

Perry’s expected entrance into the Republican race looms large over Saturday’s Iowa straw poll and a nationally televised debate two days earlier — and he’s not participating in either event. His all-but-certain bid comes as polls show the GOP electorate underwhelmed with the current crop of candidates as they seek someone strong to challenge President Barack Obama next fall.

All candidates — from GOP front-runner Mitt Romney on down — are bracing for a Perry candidacy.

Author: Associated Press

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