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WHITE HOUSE 2016: Rick Perry visits the Upstate for two days

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 GOP White House hopeful, will speak at several events in Spartanburg and Greenville this week, according to Starboard Communications political consulting firm.

On Tuesday, Perry will speak at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Downtown Spartanburg, then later, at the winter banquet hosted by the S.C. Republican Party and the Spartanburg County Republican Party.

On Wednesday, Perry will speak at the annual meeting of the Electric Co-ops of South Carolina in Greenville before heading to an 11:30 a.m. fundraiser for Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts for America.

His visit will be his second return to South Carolina since his defeat in the 2012 Republican presidential primary.

Perry came to Greenville in August to raise money for Gov. Nikki Haley’s re-election campaign and to speak at her campaign kick-off rally.

Perry joins other Republicans weighing presidential runs who have visited South Carolina this year include U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas Rand Paul of Kentucky and Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.