Gubernatorial hopefuls sweep through Texas, voters finally get a say in long, rough primary

By Kelley Shannon, AP
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Voters finally get a say in rough Texas primary

AUSTIN, Texas — Voters are finally getting their chance to weigh in on Texas’ long, rough gubernatorial primary.

Republican Gov. Rick Perry and rival Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison plan to make a last round of public appearances in Dallas on Tuesday morning. Hutchison will stop at a polling place and Perry will participate in a Texas Independence Day celebration.

The two are vying for the GOP gubernatorial nomination along with party activist Debra Medina.

If no one wins a majority of Tuesday’s vote, the top two finishers will face off April 13.

The Republican winner will go up against the Democratic nominee in the fall general election. Ex-Houston Mayor Bill White is favored among the Democrats over Houston hair-care magnate Farouk Shami and five others.

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