FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry says he intends to
win the Republican nomination for governor outright.
But he says that if he's forced into a runoff with U.S. Sen. Kay
Bailey Hutchison after the March 2 primary, "it's not the end of
Perry made those remarks Friday after speaking to about 400
people at a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
A recent poll conducted for five Texas newspapers shows that
while Perry could win the nomination, he could face a runoff with
According to the poll, Perry leads with 45 percent support among
likely Republican voters, with Hutchison at 29 percent.
Republican activist Debra Medina, whose campaign has attracted
Tea Party voters, was at 17 percent, and 8 percent were undecided.