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Perdue's likely veto defeat could be short-term

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue would face a short-term political defeat should her historic veto of the North Carolina state budget be canceled by the Republican-led Legislature as early as Wednesday. But her fortunes may turn if her warnings of thousands of job losses in the public schools become true this fall.

Perdue vetoed the two-year spending plan Sunday, saying it would create "generational damage" to public education and other services that citizens rely on and make the state attractive for private job creation. Republicans have said their budget will create jobs.

The GOP is relying on five House Democrats to complete a veto override and enact the budget. Longtime Democratic consultant Gary Pearce says an override will be a victory for the General Assembly's new Republican majority.

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

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