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Sep 3, 2011 12:02 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Perry top dog for the GOP?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican race for the White House is about to accelerate dramatically.

Coming up are several debates and events that will testing whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry has staying power and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney can keep focusing on the president instead of his GOP rivals.

September also may settle the field for good, with Sarah Palin perhaps deciding at last whether to run.

Perry jolted the party last month by leaping to the top of several national polls within days of joining the race. Now, three scheduled debates in 16 days, the first on Wednesday in California, will show how well he can stand alongside his competitors and field a range of questions.

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

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