Shiefer drops out of Dem primary, White may enter

San Antonio Express-News:

Fort Worth businessman Tom Schieffer is expected to drop out of the Texas governor's race later today, and Houston Mayor Bill White then will join the fray, according to a reliable source.

We now have a second reliable source telling us that White's switch to the governor's race will occur.

White spokeswoman Katy Bacon said it is not true that White is moving to the governor's race. She said White will have a statement after Schieffer's formal withdrawal announcement this afternoon.

However, two other sources tell us that White will not make a formal switch to the governor's race until after the Thanksgiving weekend, probably next Monday or Tuesday.


Both moves make some sense. Shieffer seemed to be a long shot to me. The Senate race is on hold while Sen. Hutchison decides to resign at a later date. The Governors race is also a better fit for White who has executive experience as Mayor of Houston. Whoever wins the Democrat primary will be an underdog against either Perry or Hutchison.

The Hill
has more on White's decision.


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