Texas - Governor

as of October 31

The Candidates

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Rick Perry

  • Republican (Incumbent)
  • Birthdate: March 4, 1950
  • Residence: Austin, TX

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Bill White

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: June 16, 1954
  • Residence: Houston, TX

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Previous Results

    Texas Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Rick Perry REP 1,716,792 39%
    Chris Bell DEM 1,310,337 29.8%
    Carole Strayhorn IND 796,851 18.1%
    Kinky Friedman IND 547,674 12.5%
    James Werner LIB 26,749 0.6%

    U.S. President: Texas (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    John McCain REP 4,479,328 55.5%
    Barack Obama DEM 3,528,633 43.8%
    Bob Barr LIB 56,116 0.7%

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Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 31, 2010

New Rothenberg Political Report Rating

Lean-R (was Toss-up)

    New Cook Political Report Rating

    Lean-R (was Toss-up)

      Oct 19, 2010

      In Close Race, Perry Has Edge

      Democrats are giddy about the chances of former Houston Mayor Bill White. I do think the race is within single digits but that Gov. Rick Perry wins again. -Ken Rudin

        Sep 24, 2010

        New Rothenberg Political Report Rating

        Toss-up (was Lean-R)

          Sep 3, 2010

          Perry Seems Poised To Win Third Term

          Rick Perry (R), who became governor in December 2000 following the resignation of President-elect George W. Bush, is seeking a third full term. Perry has been governor longer than anyone in Texas history, but for a long time he seemed ripe for defeat. After he barely survived a four-way race in 2006 with just 39 percent of the vote, many thought he wouldn't run again this year. One of those was Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), who toyed with challenging Perry in the '06 primary, backed off, but then went all out this year. It still wasn't enough, as Perry -- in his anti-Washington/anti-establishment campaign -- won big, especially among his social conservative base.

          Democrats, who last won the governorship in 1990 with Ann Richards -- she lost four years later to Bush -- came up with their best possible candidate, former Houston Mayor Bill White. But the mood in 2010 is not like it was in 2006, and with the Obama administration unpopular here, Perry may have one more victory in him. -Ken Rudin

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