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“I don’t think he necessarily feels like he has to show everyone how intelligent he is,” said her husband, Kevin Rawlinson. “Talking to him and listening to him, you can tell he’s very knowledgable.”

After Mr. Perry finished his lunch, he posed for photos with diners.

One of them was a life-long Democrat. Describing herself as a “yellow-dog Democrat” — a term used to describe a Southern voter so devoted to the party that they’d rather vote for a dog than a Republican — Linda Hayes said the GOP is about to get her first vote ever.

“This eighth-generation, yellow-dog Democrat is voting for Rick Perry,” she said. “I like him and he’s cute.”