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In other states, though, the issue is a loser for the GOP.

Texas was the first to grant in-state tuition in 2011, but since then the GOP, which led the charge, has backed away.

The handful of candidates vying for the Republican lieutenant governor’s nomination all support repeal of the law, according to The Dallas Morning News. The newspaper also said Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general who is hoping to succeed Mr. Perry as that state’s governor, wants changes — though he didn’t say exactly what he wanted to see done.

But some states have gone the other direction. California has approved not only in-state tuition rates, but the granting of financial assistance and scholarships.