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Perry heads to New Hampshire on Sat.

NBC confirms that Rick Perry is headed to New Hampshire on Saturday. The New Hampshire Union Leader, which broke the news, writes:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will attend a house party at the home of Rep. Pamela Tucker, R-Greenland, this Saturday, Aug. 13, and 5 p.m., I confirmed this morning.

Tucker was part of a group of Granite Staters who went to Texas on Aug. 4th to encourage Gov. Perry to run for President. During the visit, they invited him to come to New Hampshire. Tucker received word today that he will come on Saturday, and she is hosting the house party for him.

"We will be hosting a gathering of Republicans he can meet," she said. "It will be at 5:30 Saturday evening."

Of course, Saturday also brings us the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.

*** UPDATE *** And Perry will also be in South Carolina on Saturday -- and he could make some news there, Politico reports.

Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina Saturday to make clear that he's running for president, POLITICO has learned.

According to two sources familiar with the plan, the Texas governor will remove any doubt about his White House intentions during his appearance at a RedState conference in Charleston.

It's uncertain whether Saturday will mark a formal declaration, but Perry's decision to disclose his intentions the same day as the Ames straw poll—and then hours later make his first trip to New Hampshire— will send shockwaves through the race and upend whatever results come out of the straw poll.