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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is stepping down in January after 14 years in Austin, said that although voters sent a message of approval to GOP state leaders, the electorate's favor must nonetheless be earned. (Associated Press)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, attorney David Botsford listen during a pretrial hearing on felony abuse of power charges in the 390th District Court at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Austin, Texas. An Austin grand jury indicted Perry in August. The charges stem from his carrying out a threat to veto state funding for public corruption prosecutors. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner, Pool)

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks Governor-elect Greg Abbott's victory celebration in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Mengwen Cao)

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Lauren Koepp and Kara Smyth pose for a photo after casting their votes on Election Day early Tuesday morning, Nov. 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, arrives at the Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center for booking, in Austin, Texas, in this Aug. 19, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry was booked at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas, for two felony indictments of abuse of power on Tuesday. (Austin Police Department via Associated Press)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry being booked at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas, for two felony indictments of abuse of power on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Austin Police Department)

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** FILE ** This July 21, 2014, file photo shows Gov. Rick Perry as he speaks during a news conference in the governor's press room, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

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** FILE ** Protesters gather outside the Mexican Consulate, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Sunday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Kye R. Lee, Pool)

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President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Kye R. Lee, Pool)

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National Edition News cover for July 13, 2014 - Obama calls GOP lawsuit over executive overreach a 'political stunt': President Barack Obama speaks at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014, about the economy. Austin is the final leg in his three city trip before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014, about the economy. Austin is the final leg in his three city trip before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

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President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Kye R. Lee, Pool)

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President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Kye R. Lee, Pool)

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014, about the economy. Austin is the final leg in his three city trip before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

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President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014, about the economy. Austin is the final leg in his three city trip before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014, about the economy. Austin is the final leg in his three city trip before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted Google Map directions to border towns from President Obama's planned fundraiser stops in Austin and Dallas. (Ted Cruz via Twitter)