Perry leads in poll; White says race 'neck-and-neck'




Posted on October 5, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 6 at 12:06 AM

With $10 million in campaign cash on hand, Republican Gov. Rick Perry can claim his widest lead yet over Democratic challenger Bill White.

The WFAA-Belo Texas Poll shows half of 704 likely voters surveyed by Public Strategies support Perry over White, and it's not much different in North Texas, where Perry leads White 48 to 34 percent.

The results of the poll were the talk on the campaign trail on Tuesday.

As White campaigned in North Texas, he said that despite the findings of the WFAA-Belo Texas Poll, the race is really much closer.

"I've been the underdog in this race, but we're gaining," White said. "Our own surveys show the race is neck-and-neck."

The poll found that with two weeks to early voting, likely voters think Perry would do a better job on the economy, border security and education.

But White believes he can break past Perry by hitting the governor on ethics. "We need to run state government like a public service organization, not like a political machine; not just designed to get political contributions for Rick Perry," White said.

In Austin Tuesday, Perry said the only poll he's concerned about is the one on Election Day. But he spoke like a candidate who has led White in every poll taken so far.

"If we win by a whole bunch or not by a bunch, I don't know that," Perry said. "What I do know is that I got 28 days to remind people that they are living in the greatest state in the nation."