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Border Security, Education on Texas Voters' Minds

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Carole Keeton Strayhorn's message of shaking Austin up resonated with Rhonda Gordon.

The 50-year-old North Texas teacher says she was impressed by the independent gubernatorial candidate's education plan. But she wasn't impressed enough to vote for her today. She's sticking with Republican Governor Rick Perry to -- in her words -- "keep it a clean Republican ticket."

Border security and education were themes voters repeatedly touched upon in explaining their votes in today's gubernatorial election.

It's a unique five-way race with a Republican incumbent, Democratic challenger Chris Bell, independents Strayhorn and Kinky Friedman and Libertarian James Werner.

In the Panhandle, Lubbock real estate agent Celeste Patterson pulled no punches when talking about the governor's race. He says simply -- "I'm not voting for Rick Perry. I think he's destroyed the school system."

Border security weighed heavily on the mind of 52-year-old Craig Bisceglia of El Paso. He says Texas needs more of it.


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