Rick Perry vs. Bill White, or Good Hair vs. Less Hair

Gov. Rick Perry won his party’s nomination for governor last night. Bill White, former mayor of Houston, won the Democratic nomination. Let the games begin.

"I think the message is pretty clear," Perry said in his victory speech. "Conservatism has never been stronger than it is today. We're taking our country back, one vote at a time, one election at a time."

White spoke directly to Perry’s challengers and his own supporters.

 “We admire your courage, you’ve taken on a professional politician. He knows all the tricks of the trade…we are committed to honesty and integrity in government, we’re committed to competence, and we consider that to be a Texas value, too.”

 U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison congratulated Gov. Perry – apparently she called him for a personal congrats before appearing live on TV. She also gave props to Debra Medina for running a feisty campaign and representing conservative values, then called for her supporters to unite behind Perry for the upcoming months.

 (For ravenous politicos, here’s a great list of the best moments in the battle of Rick vs. Kay.)

 Even Farouk Shami’s campaign rap couldn’t help him beat White, but White acknowledged Shami’s idea for building solar panel factories in Texas.

 In other statewide races:

The Democratic race for Lt. Gov. was possibly a surprise to some. Linda Chavez-Thompson beat former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle and Marc Katz (owner of that 6th St. deli you find yourself in at 2:30 a.m.) to face incumbent David Dewhurst in November. Dewhurst (and others) was hoping Hutchison would leave her senate seat for the gubernatorial campaign so he could make a run for that – but now he’s sticking to his old post.

Former state legislator Hector Uribe barely made it against Bill Burton for the Democratic nomination for Land Commissioner. Uribe will face Republican incumbet Jerry Patterson in November – but it’s not the first time these two faced off.

And, the upset of Olympic proportions last night was GOP Railroad Commissioner Victor Carillo – the incumbent – losing his party’s nomination to David Porter, who no one seems to have heard of. But, the consensus around the politisphere is GOP voters went for the Anglo name. Hmmmm.

Also interesting – all of the Republican downballot races (like State House and Congressional seats, even State Board of Education) were contested. Anti-establishment seems to be a big political theme at the moment.

Here are the returns from the Secretary of State.



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