In Texas, It's Perry vs. White

The GOP circus that wasn't

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and former Houston Mayor Bill White (D) will face off in the Texas gubernatorial race, putting an end to speculation that Texas would be a heated contest between Republicans and tea partiers in 2010.

The Republican primary had been counted on, as races shaped up for 2010 last year, as a hotspot for potential GOP infighting--turns out, it wasn't.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) had challenged the conservative Perry (who resisted stimulus money, at first, and made a veiled overture about secession as a response to the federal government's involvement), but her campaign failed to gain traction. Last night, she conceded the race to Perry; with a third of precincts reporting, Hutchison trailed Perry 52% to 31%.

Nor would Texas be a forum for tea party attendance: the third Republican primary candidate, who gathered some national attention as the primary approached, was in a distant third at 17% as Hutchison conceded.

So the GOP escapes a close outcome, and the tea partiers will have to find another race in which their movement can rise.

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