Perry moves ahead with '16 courtship despite case

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is moving ahead with plans to visit 2016 primary states and calling his indictment politically motivated as he faces two felony counts in his home state.

The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate could be forced to sit for a booking photo and fingerprinting this week in response to a political dispute that has roiled Texas politics.

Perry has tried to rally conservatives to his cause, saying the indictment is symbolic of government overreach.

The governor will be in New Hampshire this weekend, with events planned with Republican activists on Friday and Saturday.

The allegations could pose a distraction for Perry, who stumbled in his 2012 presidential campaign and has tried to gain a second look from GOP voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

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