White’s war chest surpasses Perry’s
Incumbent is $3 million behind after battling rival in GOP primary
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.