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Sep 7, 2011 4:42 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Perry leaves Texas wildfires, heads to GOP debate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has left the wildfires raging in his home state and arrived in California for a Republican presidential debate.

Perry suspended his campaign Sunday as his state battles a series of still-raging wildfires that have destroyed more 1,000 homes. He left Texas again for the first time Wednesday to head to California and debate GOP rivals.

Spokesman Mark Miner says Perry is in California and he's been seen at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

The wildfires come just weeks after Perry entered the GOP presidential race and shot to the top of national polls taking an early measure of the Republican field.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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