February 25th, 2010
03:07 PM ET
12 years ago

Perry announces big fundraising haul

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/25/art.perry.gi.jpg caption="Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign raised more than $1.3 million dollars Wednesday."] (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his campaign raked in more than $1.3 million dollars Wednesday.

In a media release, his campaign says that the so-called "Money Cannon" broke previous records for fundraising in a single 24-hour period in a Texas gubernatorial contest.

Perry is running for a third full term as Texas governor. He's being challenged in Tuesday's primary by fellow Republicans Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Wharton County GOP chairwoman Debra Medina. Hutchison's campaign didn't announce any one day totals on Thursday, but they report that as of Monday, they raised $1.1 million over the first three weeks of February, with $2.3 million cash on hand. According to state records, Perry's campaign had $2.4 million cash on hand as of last Saturday and Medina's campaign had nearly $291,000 in the bank.

A poll conducted earlier this month by Blum and Weprin Associates for 5 Texas newspapers indicated that 45 percent of likely GOP primary voters were backing Perry, with 29 percent supporting Hutchison and 17 percent favoring Medina. According to the survey, only 8 percent of those questioned were undecided.

Perry needs to top the 50 percent threshold to avoid runoff on April 13 against the second place finisher.

- CNN's Robert Yoon contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Lots of Haliburton money inTexas (brought to by W's irrational war in Iraq).

    Ain't republikkkan power great?

    February 25, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    You should see all the SUVs in Texas with Haliburton written on them - great ; )~

    February 25, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Big Ed

    He will need that money when he has Texas seceed from the Union! What a tool!

    February 25, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Texas Doc

    He will spend most of it on Hair Products. I find it disgusting that this man who has so much anger about Govt. money has lived in a provate residence to the tune of $10,000.00 a month (for several years) on the tax payer's dime, while the Governor's mansion is repaired. He is a hipocrite and an unrepentant Tea Bagger. Bill White will beat him long a gong.

    February 25, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Jane/Seattle

    This must be further proof that "...a fool and his money is soon parted..."

    February 25, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Flagship, NC

    Not suprising that "conservative" Texas is still trying to keep woman in their place. (And bare-footed if possible)

    February 25, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Jeff in Houston

    As a Texan, I am afraid that Perry will win another term. For those of you on the ourtside, Perry is just a Bush that can read. He is also a Cheney, being up to his eyeballs in money from the corporations that own him. Furthermore, he has a level of arrogance that truly stuns the imagination. He is quite proud of his corruption, greed, and narrow-mindedness (That there's the way we do bizness in Texas! [spit]).

    Note to rest of country: Do not let this one outside the state borders. Look what happened the last time. This guy makes Kay look a member of Mensa.

    February 25, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Texas need former Mayor Bill White as our Governor, he will never threaten to sucede from the union like Perry. The thought of a governor wanting to sucede from the union while are troops are serving abroad does not need to be in any leadership position.

    February 25, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. No Incumbents 2010

    How many of Perry's appointees were also campaign contributors? Rick Perry has turned himself into the poster boy for term limits. He vetoed an emminent domain reform bill that would have protected private property rights, and he continues to waste money on the Texas Enterprise Fund. We can't afford 4 more years of Perry.

    February 25, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. GOP = "I hoe he fails"

    Weren’t you going to secede?

    Please please please SECEDE ALREADY!!

    February 25, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Minnesotan

    Republican corruption is running at full steam!

    February 25, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    This guy seceded from reality a LOOOONG time ago.

    "Let's start this off right. We will get rid of Mitch if you do the same with Nancy. That could be the first step towards bipartisanship."

    Throw in Boehner and Cantor and we'll give you Reid as well. Careful what you wish for though....the only reason we'd kick him to the curb is because he has no backbone...you'll be dealing with a fighter next time if we have our way.

    February 25, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. J.P.

    I don't care if Perry sold his gramma for gambling money... Kay Bailey voted FOR the bailout, not Perry.

    Kay, sweetie, you can stay in Washington, hon.
    We don't have any bailouts down here that require your vote, nor do we want any.

    February 25, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Chris - Denver

    Hutchison would be so much better. I really can't believe Texans like this extremist loon.

    February 25, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Meet me in Amsterdam

    This guy is all HAT and NO cattle.

    February 25, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |