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Rick Perry, Bill White win Texas primaries for governor



Texas Gov. Rick Perry defeated Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Texas Republican gubernatorial primary today. AP photos

Gov. Rick Perry cruised to a victory tonight in a three-way Republican primary fight, crushing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and setting the stage for a run for a third full term this fall.

Hutchison conceded the race just before 9:30 pm local time with Perry holding a steady 20-plus point lead and just over the 50 percent barrier he needed to avoid a runoff. Debra Medina, an underfunded candidate backed by some within the Tea Party movement, finished a distant third.

"We have fought valiantly for our principals but we did not win," Huchison said in her concession.

On the Democratic side, former Houston Mayor Bill White crushed hair care magnate Farouk Shami to secure his party's nomination for governor.

Both parties wasted little time in starting the general election. The Democratic Governors Association released a memo -- before the polls had even closed -- entitled "Why Democrats can win Texas that touted White as an "outsider who can bring people together" while portraying Perry in the Republican primary as having "sprinted to the far right."

The Republican Governors Association quickly responded. "Once Texans get a clear picture of Bill White's liberal record, I think they will collectively say, 'Houston, we have a problem,'" said RGA executive director Nick Ayers.

Perry's victory completes a remarkable political comeback. Following his 2006 re-election with just 39 percent of the vote in a four-way field , he was widely regarded as a political lame duck. And, when Hutchison, who had passed on a challenge to Perry in 2006, made clear she would run in 2010 many Republican observers though the governor's time had come.

But, Perry, as he has done repeatedly in his political career, overperformed those low expectations in the primary campaign -- taking the fight to Hutchison from the start and successfully portraying her as part of the problem in Washington. Perry was an early adopter of the Tea Party movement, grasping that the passion contained within the group could be harnessed for political gain.

"There is a real movement afoot in our country," Perry said way back in May 2009. "There is a legitimate tempest that is brewing across this country."

Hutchison did herself no favors, struggling to adapt to a political environment that had turned sharply against Washington. (For more on what Hutchison did wrong -- and why -- read our pre-bituary of her campaign written last week.)

It remains to be seen whether Hutchison will make good on her oft-repeated pledge that she would resign her Senate seat regardless of the outcome in the governor's race. If she does resign, Perry would have the ability to appoint a temporary successor with a special election to fill the remaining two years on her term would likely be held in November.

In other downballot action, Rep. Ron Paul (R) crushed several opponents affiliated with the Tea Party movement while wealthy businessman Bill Flores led 2008 nominee Rob Curnock in the 17th district Republican primary.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 2, 2010; 10:28 PM ET
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Posted by: nikejordans1 | March 4, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

There is a real effort out there to subvert the intention of the Senate rules - that is a serious offense.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the democrats are getting dangerously close to breaking the Senate rules - which will create a crisis like none other in American history.


What makes it even worse, is recorded statements by Obama and Biden on the exact subjects in 2005.


We may be in the territory of breaking the laws - the Constitution says the Senate makes its own rules - if there is an effort to break those rules - it is unConstitutional - and may qualify as High Crimes and Misdemeeanors.

Obviously, if Obama tries to ram this through with reconciliation - and there are questionable policy provisions jammed through - it is grounds for impeachment.


If the Republicans take control of the House, they can impeach Obama. It really is Obama's choice at this point.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street --

Paying for tax cuts, war, and other corporate/crony welfare wasn't a concern when the *r* party was the majority in the house & senate. The sudden "concern" for the amount of debt & "our children and grandchildren's" future rings hollow. Whining about inncurring debt to help all Americans shows the true colors shows the true colors of all too many politicians and citizens.

Posted by: ILDem | March 3, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

TO ALL THE DEMOCRATS


Let's have an HONEST DISCUSSION ABOUT HEALTH CARE - JUST TELL US HOW YOU ARE GOING TO PAY FOR IT - WITHOUT THE ACCOUNTING TRICKS.

Let's back out of all the accounting tricks, and you tell me how we are going to pay for the health care bill.


- You have 7 years of revenue against 10 years of benefits - that adds about 2.5 Trillion dollars.


- You have 500 Billion dollars which is coming out of Medicare - that is being spent twice.


- You have the 225 Billion "doctor fix" which is off budget.


- So you are at about 3.2 Trillion Dollars - How are YOU going to pay for it ???


AND that does not include the usual cost explosions that take place in new programs - you will probably be closer to $5 Trillion after 10 years.


HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PAY FOR THIS ???


Just tell us how you are going to pay for all of this - go ahead.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Chris, I'm usually the last person to criticize what you write, but there are a lot of great synonyms for "crush" in a political context out there. Probably my favorite that I've ever used was "eviscerate," but it got edited out. Preposterous, I say.

"Once Texans get a clear picture of Bill White's liberal record, I think they will collectively say, 'Houston, we have a problem,'" said RGA executive director Nick Ayers.

Ba dum tish. No disrespect to Texans, but I'm sure glad I don't have to live there and hear that joke repeated in every political ad and conversation for the next eight months. Alas, I'll just have to wait for whatever cheesy campaign slogans Ohio's candidates churn out.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | March 3, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

For graphics, see:

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-election-results/texas-2010-election-primary/?page=3#related_stories

Total turnout looks to have been about 12%.

RP must be favored in the Fall. One creationist on the SBoEd went down, but in my SBoEd district the non-creationist lost. The rabid creationist and the closet creationist [who might be lying about that to somebody - campaigns on "family values" without ever mentioning creationism] are in the runoff.

Judge races were a mess - in S.Ct. Pl 3 one of the two real judges made the runoff against one of the four real bozos.

I was reporting R side because down ticket only Rs will be elected in November, on a 12% turnout. The most competent and honest Rs were unopposed for Land Commish and Comptroller.

On the D side, Hank beat Kinky for Ag Commish.

Will KBH resign? When? I think she does so next ten days or not at all. For the Rs to replace Dewhurst on the LG line for November with someone credible Rs needs at least this much lead time for Dewhurst to quit that race to run for Senate in a special election. KBH did her party no favor equivocating, and she lost her early double digit lead for the same reason.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 3, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

We have a 3 Trillion Dollar - basically unfunded program - which the democrats are attempting to FORCE A FINANCIAL CRISIS ONTO A FUTURE CONGRESS IN ORDER TO RAISE THE TAXES TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE.


When the American People realize fully what the finances are, Obama's name and legacy will be synonymous with overspending and financial nightmares.


To spend and never know how it will be payed for - to obama.


To get stuck with a bill - to get obamaed.


To force a program or a rule on an unwilling person - to ram an obama


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

"Once Texans get a clear picture of Bill White's liberal record..." The GOP sings that song about half of their own party.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 3, 2010 6:05 AM | Report abuse

I kinda hope there is a runoff. I sure would like to see the teabaggers get embarrassed. You think KBH voters are going to start teabagging?

Posted by: DDAWD | March 3, 2010 3:15 AM | Report abuse

From the what it's worth column--Medina refuses to concede: Her campaign manager, Penny Langford-Freeman, just told a cheering crowd that Hutchison's concession will clear the way for Medina to be in the runoff if the governor ends up slipping below 50 percent.

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Posted by: Noacoler | March 3, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, mark_in_austin.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 3, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Another teabagger bites the dust, and in Texas too. Are the 'baggers discouraged? Âu contraire, mes enfants, they're more energized than ever. The bagger seems to think it ... won?

Won't be long before they commit mass suicide, to
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Posted by: Noacoler | March 3, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

So much for sweeping out the incumbents.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | March 3, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

From the what it's worth column--Medina refuses to concede: Her campaign manager, Penny Langford-Freeman, just told a cheering crowd that Hutchison's concession will clear the way for Medina to be in the runoff if the governor ends up slipping below 50 percent.
http://blogs.chron.com/texaspolitics/archives/2010/03/medina_not_conc.html

Posted by: 12BarBlues | March 3, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

People who don't speak dog don't realize that 97 per cent of Texas dogs are Democrats. Faithful as ever dogs were, they still remember LBJ - especially his ears.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | March 2, 2010 11:41 PM |
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Bwahahaha!

Not only do they remember LBJ's ears, they remember how he put them dark eyes on ya, and jus' made you see it his way. Jus' like my dog does today and he's a Democrat, too.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | March 3, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

SuzyCcup wrote: "Mr Barber, my German Shepherd, Titus, is insulted that you referred to Hutch that way. He says she should be compared to a skunk."

People who don't speak dog don't realize that 97 per cent of Texas dogs are Democrats. Faithful as ever dogs were, they still remember LBJ - especially his ears.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | March 2, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

alinrodneyvil wrote, "I left Texas 20 years ago. Boy, I don't regret it."

They grow some mighty fine beef there, but near as I can tell the left wing of Texas is scrambling to make sure that you don't incur the death penalty by working sixty hours a week for the minimum wage and not paying out of pocket for health insurance.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | March 2, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Governor Perry said last year that Texas could secede from the union.

I, for one, think it's a great idea. Just don't forget to seal the borders afterward.

Posted by: loulor | March 2, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

"We have fought valiantly for our principals but we did not win," Huchison (sic) said in her concession.

Unless the welfare of school administrators was an issue in the campaign I believe the Senator was speaking of her principles.

Posted by: bobschot1 | March 2, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I left Texas 20 years ago. Boy, I don't regret it.

Posted by: alinrodneyvil | March 2, 2010 11:16 PM

Neither does Texas.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 2, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I guess she smelled blood in the water in the 2006 situation Chris refers to...and wanted to be the Republican Ann Richards. Unfortunately for her that dog has failed to hunt.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | March 2, 2010 11:14 PM

Mr Barber, my German Shepherd, Titus, is insulted that you referred to Hutch that way. He says she should be compared to a skunk.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 2, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

you make me laugh, it is so true

Buy it from a hungry seller, resell its pieces to hungry buyers.

I read with great amusement stories about what makes us "human". This week we learned about cooking making brains grow. The tools, the self-reference...whatever...the special skill...

it is not that we can buy low and sell high

it is that we can see the risk embedded in the equation and quantify our exposure.

In driving, investing, fighting, loving, parenting, religion, we spend a whole lot of brain power on risk management.


Posted by: shrink2 | March 2, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I left Texas 20 years ago. Boy, I don't regret it.

Posted by: alinrodneyvil | March 2, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Mr Perry, could you please pose for Cosmo? I'd like it if you leave your cowboy boots on. I have some space on the wall right next to my Scott Brown Cosmo picture. Please!

Romney/Perry 2012

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 2, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

A little bit closer to 49 states, a little bit closer to heaven.

Posted by: st50taw | March 2, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

In hindsight, you've got to ask yourself what Ms. Hutchison was thinking when she mounted this challenge. I guess she smelled blood in the water in the 2006 situation Chris refers to...and wanted to be the Republican Ann Richards. Unfortunately for her that dog has failed to hunt.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | March 2, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, even what has been nailed down has been sold and resold, sliced and trashed.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 2, 2010 10:56 PM


Wow! If Perry is that good at selling in this economy, he's exactly what we need in the White House. Romney/Perry 2012!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 2, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't Rick Perry have great hair ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 2, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Be interesting to see if Kay Bailey actually retires from her Senate seat...

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | March 2, 2010 10:41 PM

No way! She'll need a steady stream of Botox soon (if she doesn't already use it). That stuff must be expensive. Ask Nancy.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 2, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Boy, do I miss Molly Ivins!

Posted by: savethecountry | March 2, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Texans will re-elect Perry.

It is a waste of time for White to try running statewide as a Democrat in Texas in this political environment.

Posted by: Washington13 | March 2, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

"Well Rick, you have a few more years to sell everything that isn't nailed down."

Sorry, even what has been nailed down has been sold and resold, sliced and trashed. Texas better figure that out.

Preoccupied with slogans.
No one, even Texans can not vote to change reality.


Posted by: shrink2 | March 2, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

My mind's made up! Romney/Perry 2012. Unbeatable. Hillary will have a tough time.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 2, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Mark.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 2, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Medina, we hardly knew ye.

"backed by some within the Tea Party
movement"

Tragic epitaph or snark, only time will tell.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 2, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Texas becomes more and more like Louisiana--we have a totally corrupt Governor and his party (Republican) is quite happy with him. Will they re-elect him if he is in jail? Probably.

Well Rick, you have a few more years to sell everything that isn't nailed down. Unless people wake up and vote for White.

Posted by: rusty3 | March 2, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

so... I'm guessing Governor for, uhh the foreseeable future. Somehow I knew that whole term limit thing was just about Democrats. Be interesting to see if Kay Bailey actually retires from her Senate seat... best job she ever had, although Governor of texas I'm told is a pretty easy job.

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | March 2, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Wish she would go away from politics!

Posted by: houston123 | March 2, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

What, you are not calling the Acknowledgment of God?

Given the choice, I'd vote for God too.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 2, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

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