Governor and challenger descend on south Texas

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Associated Press

Posted on January 5, 2010 at 8:35 PM

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — One of an incumbent's advantages was on full display in south Texas today in stops by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White and GOP Gov. Rick Perry.

White -- who's a former mayor of Houston -- traveled the Rio Grande Valley making promises about what he would do to help the area if elected — a veteran's hospital, an interstate.

Meanwhile, Perry was scheduled to announce millions of dollars in state funding to attract technology jobs at the University of Texas-Pan American.

Perry campaign spokesman Mark Miner says the governor's event is an official appearance -- not a campaign event.

Perry's first hurdle is a bruising battle with U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the March 2 Republican primary.

White also has opponents for the Democratic nomination, including wealthy Houston businessman Farouk Shami.

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