July 15th, 2010
05:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrat has cash lead over Perry in Texas

Former Houston mayor Bill White, a Democrat, has a more than $3 million cash advantage over Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right.
Former Houston mayor Bill White, a Democrat, has a more than $3 million cash advantage over Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right.

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been in office for 10 years in a heavily Republican state, but his Democratic challenger raked in more campaign cash during the most recent fundraising period.

Former Houston Mayor Bill White collected nearly $7.5 million between Feb. 20 and the end of June, while Perry took in $7 million.

But more impressive for White is the substantial war chest he has amassed since launching his bid last December.

With the election less than four months away, White has more than $9 million left in the bank.

Perry, who had to slog through a months-long primary fight against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and conservative activist Debra Medina, has $5.8 million cash-on-hand.

White's campaign is touting support from small donors and first time contributors. More than 11,700 new donors gave to the campaign during the most recent filing period, and 75 percent of White's donors have $100 or less, according to the campaign

Perry's campaign said 87 percent of its contributions were less than $500.


Filed under: 2010 • Bill White • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Glenn Koons

    The Left will pour monies in here to oust Perry. Hope it fails since every Dem elected anywhere in this nation nowadays means more socialist pacifist agendas with huge taxes and spending and , oh yes, no border security.

    July 15, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    " since every Dem elected anywhere in this nation nowadays means more socialist pacifist agendas"

    No, it just means more uneducated imbeciles who don't know what socialism actually is regurgitating something they've had pumped into their heads.

    "with huge taxes and spending"

    Taxes went down last year and do you really expect intelligent people to believe that the Dems are the only ones spending willy-nilly in DC?

    "and , oh yes, no border security"

    That's been an issue for decades...decades during which the GOP had more POTUS terms and more sessions in control of Congress.

    Your post reads like a 3rd grader copying out of the GOP's tinfoil hat instruction manual.

    July 15, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Me

    GO BILL WHITE!
    We are not the dumbest state in the nation
    The Tea Party does not and will not run this state
    We will TURN TEXAS BLUE

    July 15, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. gt

    trial lawyers and coyotes.....

    July 15, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. James M. Holmes

    Perry is going down – even Texans know he is a wackjob!

    July 15, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Cash don't mean much, unless you have the votes. Right now he doesn't.

    July 15, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Rob

    Perry will win. Conservatives will unite behind Perry and they outnumber liberals in Texas, especially among those who vote in Texas.

    July 15, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. MONUMENTAL TRUTH!

    That's only because we need the money White will spend during his campaign to guard our Border while we re-elect Perry

    July 15, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. RTB

    My deepest respect for an honest man.

    White is a good man, he will be good for the state of Texas and he will be an example to the nation in good leadership.

    Perry is a disaster for all of the above.

    July 15, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Glenn Koons has been found to be a certifiable idiot.

    July 15, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Marcus

    Glenn Koons – Paranoia is a mental disease, go seek help.

    Don't know too much about Rick Perry since I am not from Texas. What I know is that he's been doing everything to NOT have a proper investigation on that Cameron Todd Willingham issue (About the man who was executed for having set the fire in his house that killed his daughters and now it seems that the fire was not intentional at all), and claims with a straight face that he is for the 'proper investigation of the facts'...
    Sounds like an hypocrit to me.
    PS – I know that now there's a woman (if not mistaken the then wife of the executed man) claiming that she heard him confess that he had set the fire, but her credibility is very low for even those who are against the investigation to use her words...

    July 15, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Awaken2

    As Mayor, Bill White, left Houston in financial ruin and promoted Houston as a "Sanctuary City." Houstonians and Texans are not going to promote him to Governor to ruin and devastate our Great State of Texas.

    July 15, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. James

    Unfortunately Perry may win again, as Texas has long gerrymandered the state so that the rural (more conservative) areas of Texas will have a larger electorate percentage than the major (more liberal) areas of Texas such as Austin, Dallas, Houston, El Paso, San Antonio, San Marcos, and South Texas.

    Texas actually lost against the Supreme Court on this issue actually, but that was back in the 90's and it seems that no one cares anyway. I'm surprised CNN hasn't picked up on this story, anyway I would much rather have Rachel Maddow picking up this issue than any of the reporters at CNN (with the exception of Anderson Cooper of course).

    July 15, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. Don

    Hey Governor Perry! Did you get your resume' updated? It looks like you will be needing it in November!!!

    July 15, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Jude

    Bill White will help Texas become a forward moving state. Perry and his clan have made every effort to take our country "backWARDS." Texas needs to get back to being about it's people and not just oil and gas $$$$ monied few.

    July 15, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. AMZ

    Texas will never be blue and the tea party will never rule. this will be an election of just vote for the lessor of two evils..neither is great just like the last presidential election. I am so hoping an unexpected independant steps up.

    July 15, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Txn

    thanks to Perry we have one of the best states in America regarding our economy and overall well being of the state. So no, our state will not turn blue and no we arent "whackjobs" or "idiots" because we are from Texas. Im proud to be a Texan best state in the Union in my opinion, You can all go to hell, but i will go to Texas.

    July 15, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Hawk in Texas

    Perry is the sorriest thing that has happened to texas since g.w. idiot. go bill white . lets turn texas blue again.

    July 15, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Donnatella

    Good luck, I kind of feel sorry for the people in Texas that are not conservative, when they started changing the history books you know something is wrong, I guess there are people that want this whack job out i wish them luck.

    July 15, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. pedro pedro sanchez

    7 million for a job that pays almost not a thing !!!!! what is the advantage???????????????????????????????? WASTE is what it is!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Rick Perry is a nut! My 10 year old granddaughter told me that he wanted them to be a different country and the 7 year old wanted to know what a Nazi was. They live in Texas. What is wrong with this picture? How long are people going to let this crazy talk go on without calling these people down, and telling them to put a sock in it?

    July 15, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. marlene

    I'm not from Texas, but would love to see Gov. Perry get defeated. The man acts like he is a law unto himself and everyone else be damned. Marlene in Mich

    July 15, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Future expat

    Great! Too bad it's Texas, where all you gotta do to get elected is say you love Jesus and the Cowboys and possibly secession.

    July 15, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. John

    If Perry wins, will he start pressing for Texas to secede?

    July 15, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. marc in california

    a democrat winning the governor's race in texas. that would slow down the momentum of the gop

    July 15, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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