(CNN) – It seems everything's bigger in Texas - including the amount of money flowing into the coffers of the state's top two Republican gubernatorial candidates.
Gov. Rick Perry, running for a third full term this year, reports raising $7.1 million in the second half of 2009. His campaign held $11.6 million cash on hand at the start of this year.
Primary challenger Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison reports bringing in more than $6 million during the same period, with $12.3 million in the bank at the start of this year.
The Perry and Hutchison campaigns released their numbers in advance of filing official reports with the Texas Ethics Commission by the end of the week.
The two candidates, along with fellow Republican Debra Medina, face off Thursday night in their first televised debate. The Republican primary is March 2.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
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Why is Kay Bailey wanting to come back to Texas? We don't have any "stimulus" bills that require her signature.
Could be very entertaining. We'll see if Perry wants to keep the tea-baggers fired up or does he want to appear rational?
Rick "the killer" Perry is running on the secessionist message, and Kay Bailey Hutchinson is running as a Washington insider. One could only hope that both of them lose.
Time for a change in the governors mansion. Sen Kay Baily Hutchison will make a great governor for the state of Texas. BUT, we'll miss he in the US senate.
perry will kick her butt,,, save you money kay
We don't want Rick Perry and he won't win and Hutchison is a Dick Cheney clone who will surely work to get Liz Cheney in the WH. Texas has a big dilema going from bad to worst.
Senator Kay I hope you unseat Perry.
Big bucks imply in the pocket of big business, or at least the wealthy.
TX needs responsible leadership, not a "good ol' boy....or....girl, to move forward in the new term.
I am from The Great State of Texas. If Texas is to have another Republican governor, let's hope that it is Kay B. Hutchison. As far as state politics go, she is the most experienced candidate.
However, I think we need to pay more attention to the Democratic gugernatorial candidates like BILL WHITE!!!
GO BILL GO!!!
BILL WHITE FOR TEXAS!
Money buying votes,how nice.
Truly disgusting. Political elections should be publicly funded and three weeks long, with no private monies allowed. Right now only the super rich can run for higher-up offices. It should be a level playing field.
I for one celibrate this news....celibrate the abject waste of rightwing money on witless shills for a neo-nazi vision of texA$$ and Amerika.
with all the money these candidates are throwing around, they could certainly help programs in dire need in texas or even make a small contribution to the Red Cross to the Haiti disaster.
Big bucks does not means smart politicans. wait – that's an oxymoron...
You're right: It should be a level playing field.
But, right now, 47% of all Americans pay no Federal income tax at all and just the top 10% in terms of income are soaked for 90% of all revenue collected from individual income taxes.
That's a long way from "level."
If "the rich" pay 90% of the taxes, it's only right that they wield 90% of the political power.
If you want to level the playing field, you're going to have to level the entire playing field.
HOW ABOUT SENDING SOME OF THIS CASH TO HELP HAITI! Folks might just vote for you as a gesture of goodwill for your generous help to these needy, suffering people? How about if we just get busy to abandon this current system of fraud called elections? How about all these so-called "Leaders" getting together to really help Americans instead of themselves? Most of us know that you all get into this political arena because you have money, can get money, have family and societal privilege, and the deck is stacked to become lobbyists from the outset when many of you get done robbing the treasury!
I'm not sorry for my cynical view because I am 6! We keep hoping and believeing that someone's nice little speech might actually be honest and many of us have found that there is very little honesty in government! Could we get some good candidates into this place before we all start dying off? I know my kids and grand kids sure would like this idea! This current winner take all mentality is so transparently disgusting to me and to many in our larger world! Peace
At this time, the Lone Star State has a terrible Governor and two completely incompetent Senators. I hope Hutchison wins the gubernatorial primary. Then we'll have a better governor no matter who wins the general election AND we'll have a better Senator no matter who replaces Hutchison.
Where in the devil does so much money come from?
And, where in the devil does it go?
Well, the fact is that most center, to left of center, folks here in Texas have been sick of Rick Perry and his shenanigans for a long, long time. The amount of republicans sick of him is increasing quite a bit, too. His only schtick he has left is appealing to the "teabaggers" and secessionist extremists, and as crazy as that sounds, it may just work for him in "the great state of Texas."
Texas is becoming increasingly purple, and I think the only way the republicans can win is to have somebody who is a little closer to center, such as Hutchison.
Personally, living in Houston, I've seen what Bill White can do for Texas, and he'll definitely be getting my vote.
Rick Perry has wasted millions of dollars on self-serving issues. The Health and Human Services outsourcing disaster, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality... when he says jump, the Commissioners ask "how high" without regard to the questions or the implications regarding the issues. Enough is enough!!! Get rid of this self-serving Governor – GO KAY GO!!!!!
Basically, we're have two idoits to pick from and neither has Texas residents in mind.....it's all about the money and status! I now wish Bill White much success in his bid!!!! All three are not the best choices but Bill White is more down to earth and has a little compassion for the people he served!
When Texas wants to move forward, they'll vote for a Democrat. Until then, let their own ignorance and misguided votes pave the way for their own self-inflicted demise.
Just how much does the Governorship of Texas pay?
Who is this Perry guy? He reminds me of Blaggo. That other guy being indicted for ???? Big money, big corruption. I hope Texas is smart enough to not be swayed with the ads. It's the only way to send a message to these clowns.
Texas needs change.
I pray the Democrats can come up with someone who can wipe that stupid smile off Perry's face. He makes me sick to my stomach whenever I see him on the news.