White’s war chest sur­passes Perry’s

In­cum­bent is $3 mil­lion be­hind af­ter bat­tling ri­val in GOP pri­mary

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Ja­son Em­bry and Corrie MacLag­gan

Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial nom­i­nee Bill White be­gan this month with about $3 mil­lion more in the cam­paign bank than Repub­li­can Gov. Rick Perry, fore­shad­ow­ing a fierce bat­tle be­tween the par­ties this fall.

Each raised about $7 mil­lion in re­cent months, ac­cord­ing to the cam­paigns. But White had more money on hand June 30 be­cause he spent less to win his party’s nom­i­na­tion in March, while Perry was fend­ing off an­other pro­lific fundraiser, U.S. Sen. Kay Bai­ley Hutchi­son, in the GOP pri­mary.

White’s con­trib­u­tor list shows the wounds from that GOP pri­mary haven’t healed. His cam­paign spokes­woman said he raised more than $1 mil­lion from for­mer Hutchi­son con­trib­u­tors.

White’s fi­nan­cial strength is a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward for Democrats, who haven’t won a statewide elec­tion since 1994. But he still faces an up­hill climb. A Ras­mussen poll re­leased Thurs­day showed Perry with a 9-point lead on White, 50 per­cent to 41 per­cent.

“Fi­nan­cial par­ity isn’t go­ing to win it for him, but he’s not go­ing to have a shot with­out it,” James Hen­son, di­rec­tor of the Texas Pol­i­tics Project at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas, said of White.

Re­ports show­ing how much money can­di­dates raised and spent be­tween Feb. 21 and June 30 were due to the state Thurs­day. The White and Perry cam­paigns did not make their full re­ports avail­able to the me­dia, but re­leased sum­mary in­for­ma­tion

Bill White gained some Hutchi­son sup­port­ers.

Rick Perry has about $5.9 mil­lion on hand.

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