White, Perry in last-minute dash for votes

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 1 at 7:39 PM

On the day before Election Day, Republican Gov. Rick Perry stopped in four cities and his Democratic challenger, former Houston Mayor Bill White, zipped through five.

Perry announced his re-election in spring 2008, and kicked into campaign mode in mid-2009 for the primary against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Perry told North Texas supporters it's now up to them on Election Day. "The preparation for all of the work that we've done over the last couple of years is culminated in a 12-hour period of time," he said.

Perry indicated he wasn't ready yet to reflect on the campaign. At this point, he said he's relying on his experience as a statewide office-holder since 1990.

"What I've learned is that you run through the wire," he said. "I didn't just learn that this election cycle. You ask people for their support and for their vote until the last moment."

White also stopped in North Texas to rally supporters making get-out-the-vote calls urging them to ignore polls showing he is well behind.

News 8 asked the Democrat about the lessons of the past year. "I've learned that Texans have a lot of common sense," White said. "They want candidates to shoot straight. They're tired of a lot of the theater."

White said he wishes he would have responded more quickly to Perry's attacks on Houston's finances under his administration.

White, always the analytic thinker, also cites little things, too.

"Oh sure, if anybody says they wouldn't do things differently, I would think every day there are things that you would do differently," he said. "You may stumble with some words or stuff like that."

White planned to continue campaigning on Tuesday with stops in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.

Perry's organization said the governor had no planned campaign appearances on Election Day.

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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