UPDATE 1-Incumbent Perry wins Texas governor primary

Tue Mar 2, 2010 10:54pm EST

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(Updates with Hutchison concession, White, previous Dallas)

DALLAS, March 2 (Reuters) - Incumbent Rick Perry beat U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in a bruising primary election on Tuesday to decide the Republican candidate for Texas governor.

"I have called Governor Perry congratulating him on his victory," Hutchison said in televised remarks from Dallas, after early poll results showed Perry with a commanding lead.

Perry, the longest-serving Texas governor, will face former Houston Mayor Bill White in the November general election. White beat Houston businessman Farouk Shami in the Democratic primary. (Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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PlanoTexan wrote:
Perry had better watch his back, with only 51% of his party behind him – and as an incumbent no less – he is ripe for a fall . . . for many who lost their bid for change in the GOP pick, Bill white is looking good.

Mar 02, 2010 11:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ollie2 wrote:
Oh well, what can one expect from the most polluted, most obese state in the nation?

Mar 02, 2010 11:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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