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AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he wishes he could serve with the group of Republicans elected to statewide office Tuesday.

Perry is leaving office after 14 years as Texas governor. He’ll be replaced by Attorney General Greg Abbott, who beat State Sen. Wendy Davis by a decisive margin Tuesday.

Speaking at Abbott’s victory party, Perry called Tuesday’s Republican sweep of statewide offices a “little bittersweet.” He touted his own accomplishments and said governors of other states were jealous of Texas.

Raising his voice, Perry called out that under Abbott, “things are going to get even better.”

Perry did not run for a fourth full term. He’s been traveling during his last months in office to key states for a potential second run for the White House in 2016.

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