March 2nd, 2010
10:47 AM ET
8 years ago

Texas GOP chair hopes to avoid runoff

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for a third term but faces two Republican opponents.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for a third term but faces two Republican opponents.

Dallas, Texas (CNN) - Texas Republican Party chairwoman Cathie Adams is in the somewhat unusual position of having endorsed one of the candidates in Tuesday's GOP gubernatorial primary.

Though it happens from time to time, party chairs don't often take sides in contested primaries, especially high-profile slugfests like the one in Texas.

Adams threw her support to Gov. Rick Perry over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison before she became party chairwoman in October, and says that as the head of the state party, she has tried to remain as neutral as possible (despite appearing with Perry at multiple campaign events).

But she's hoping Perry crosses the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid an April runoff against the second-place finisher. A runoff, she said, would be bad for the state party.

"I think it would be very good for our state if we do not have a runoff," Adams told CNN.

"It's going to be very difficult in a three person race for anyone to get over 50 percent," she said. "I am hopeful for that because I want the down-ballot races to get more attention as we go from here into November, not just for economic reasons but also to draw more attention to other candidates."

Six more weeks of campaigning will exhaust donors and draw volunteer energies away from other Republican candidates in the state, she argued.

"This is all volunteer driven, and its very difficult to get people for an extended period of time to keep pouring their hearts into the these campaigns," Adams said.

Though Perry is heavily favored to win the GOP nomination, runoff or not, Adams said she will support whomever becomes the nominee. "Whoever wins this, I am going to make sure everything is done fairly," she said.

The winner of the primary will face the likely Democratic nominee, former Houston Mayor Bill White. White, of course, is hoping for a runoff and the prospect of six more weeks of GOP infighting as he travels the state introducing himself to voters.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. James Miller

    Hypocracy is rampant ---everywhere

    March 2, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Lets just pull a Limbaugh operation and drag it out by voting for Medina and then vote for which ever scumbag will give me the best ratings and run the state into the ground if they win.Both these nitwits are owned by big oil and the sword makers.Its time to clean Texas up and vote for Bill White and regain some respect in our country and worldwide.People all over this country look at us like a bunch of crazed yokels and its not good for us or business.

    March 2, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Runoff here we come! Go Kay, kick some secessionist butt!

    March 2, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Sgt. USMC

    "as the head of the state party, she has tried to remain as neutral as possible (despite appearing with Perry at multiple campaign events)."

    What a dork.

    March 2, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    At least the voters have some choice, as they really should, in a primary.

    The more candidates in the primary, the better, in my view.

    March 2, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Steve in Denver

    How can Texans even consider returning a man advocating secession to the governorship? I don't get it. From the party of "country first?"

    March 2, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. alphonso

    she know they wil have their hands full stopping the mayor of largest city in texas.

    March 2, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. The Other Michael in Houston

    It makes no difference who wins the Republican primary, Bill White will win the overall election.

    March 2, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would love to see a run off. That would mean more mud slinging by Republicans on this election as well as more money spent. It would be good to see the pigs fight it out more.

    March 2, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. a in austin

    I will be voting in the republican primary today just to vote against Perry. Our state budget is NOT balanced as he is already asking departments to plan and secure a 5% reduction prior to the new fiscal year, our insurance rates are going up tremendously, and tort reform in Texas does not work. He refused the unemployment benefits but had to accept the stimulus money just to balance his budget this past year. He is railing against Hutchison for being a part of the broken federal government even though she has voted "party line" during her tenure. It's time for change in Texas –

    March 2, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Bertina

    Proves how corrupt republican states are.

    March 2, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. j

    Perry isn't fit to be governor or hold any other political office for that matter.

    March 2, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Nosey Canadians should mind their own business

    This guy is a knuckledragger that will win with his knucklebagger base and bag money from ExxonMobil and the Swordmakers of America.

    March 2, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Mr. Moderate

    If Gov. Perry is so anti-Washington, how could he let the number of Texans working for the federal government increase from 180,000 in December 2000 when he took office to nearly 200,000 today? Come on Rick, be a good conservative and refuse to allow those jobs in your state. Afterall, you don't really want to be part of the US anyway.

    March 2, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |