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The answer produced an angry shout from at least one audience member. And it exposed an ongoing rift with some conservative voters over Mr. Perry’s immigration record.

Tea party activists in Texas have been particularly upset by his steady opposition to the fence. He also signed a law giving illegal immigrants in-state tuition for Texas universities. And Texas tea party groups sent Mr. Perry an open letter this year expressing disappointment over his failure to get a bill passed that would have outlawed “sanctuary cities,” municipalities that protect illegal immigrants.

Mr. Perry has surged to the lead in national polls since joining the presidential race just three weeks ago. But New Hampshire Republicans are just getting to know him.

Saturday’s visit marks the third time he visited the first-in-the-nation primary state since joining the race.


New district puts white Democrat in tough spot

SAVANNAH — Nearly 50 years ago, every congressman from the Deep South was a white Democrat.

Now the U.S. House has just one white Democrat from the five states that comprise the region: Georgia’s John Barrow.

Mr. Barrow last year survived the Republican tide that wiped out 20 white Democratic members of Congress from across the South, yet his toughest battle may lie ahead.

New political maps approved by the Republican-controlled Georgia legislature place him outside the 12th District that he now represents and strip away the base of his Democratic support along the coast.


U.S. sending aid to North Korea

The U.S. has sent a cargo plane of emergency supplies to North Korea as part of a modest but symbolically significant contribution to the impoverished country’s flood relief effort.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the plane is carrying blankets, soap and hygiene kits. It arrived in Pyongyang last weekend.

The U.S. has said it will provide $900,000 in emergency aid to North Korea, through U.S. charities.

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