Final Hours Before Election Has Candidates Working Across Texas

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Texas State Capitol

HOUSTON (AP) - A day before the Texas primary, GOP gubernatorial
hopeful Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison pumped hands and embraced
supporters, telling them she is the "real conservative" in the
race.

Hutchison made a campaign stop Monday at a downtown Houston
mall. She passed out cards to prospective voters munching on their
lunches. She says she needs their help Tuesday.

Hutchison says two-term Gov. Rick Perry has raised taxes and not
done enough to improve the Texas education system.

Hutchison is running against Perry and party activist Debra
Medina for the GOP nomination.

The winner will run in the fall against either Democratic
front-runner and former Houston Mayor Bill White or businessman and
political newcomer Farouk Shami.

Perry Hits Houston

Gov. Rick Perry is telling supporters a victory for him during Tuesday's GOP primary will mean a win for Texas and continued promotion of the state as "the land of opportunity."

At a campaign stop Monday at Harris County Republican Party
headquarters in Houston, Perry urged voters to bring him a
"resounding victory" and let him continue his work of promoting
fiscal responsibility, accountable school systems and a
business-friendly environment.

Perry is battling U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and party
activist Debra Medina for the GOP's gubernatorial nomination.

The winner will face off in the fall against either Democratic
front-runner and former Houston Mayor Bill White or businessman and
political newcomer Farouk Shami.

White Visits San Antonio

The front-runner for the Democratic nomination for governor says the bruising GOP battle is giving him time to listen to Texans and their concerns.

Former Houston Mayor Bill White shook hands with lunchtime
diners at a Mexican restaurant Monday, the eve of the primary
election. The San Antonio native says he wants to be considered the
hometown candidate.

The heat - and the attention - has mostly been on the
rough-and-tumble Republican primary fight between incumbent Gov.
Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. White says that's allowed
him to focus on individual voters.

White is largely expected Tuesday to beat Farouk Shami, a political newcomer and hair-care magnate.


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