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File photo of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. (credit: Getty Images)

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry is wrapping up his high-profile recruiting trip to California without having convinced any businesses to relocate to his state — at least not yet.

The Republican said Wednesday that he met with many entrepreneurs and business leaders but didn’t give examples.

Perry also said he held a reception for more than 200 California companies who have expressed interest in moving. His office later clarified that 20 businesses actually attended, however.

Last week, Perry was featured in radio ads denigrating California taxes and regulation and touting Texas as friendlier to businesses.

He now says that competition between the states is healthy, even if it can sometimes get uncomfortable.

Perry likened it to a race, saying he’d rather be ahead and “letting someone look at my backside.”

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