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Should Texas Governor Rick Perry Run For Re-Election? [POLL]

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The race for 2014 hasn’t officially kicked off yet here in Texas, but already people are wondering who will run for Governor. Yesterday, numerous stories came about about Governor Rick Perry raising money and fueling speculation that he could seek re-election despite his terrible showing in the Presidential campaign. According to the Austin American Statesman:

Perry raised $1.9 million from the start of the year through June — convincing donors to keep writing big checks even after a series of gaffes during his White House run left his political future looking murky.

His political committee, Texans for Rick Perry, now has about $3.3 million cash-on-hand. This exceeds the $2.9 million he had midway through 2008, two years before he waged a nasty but successful battle during the Republican gubernatorial primary against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, then bested Democrat Bill White in the general election.

“He must be raising a lot of money for something,” said Scott Caven, a Houston banker who was finance director for Perry’s gubernatorial campaigns in 2002 and 2006.

Already America’s longest-sitting governor, Perry, 64, has not officially announced he will run again. But those who have attended Perry fundraisers say he has been assuring donors for months that he will. Perry also has refused to rule out making another run at the White House in 2016.

Perry isn’t the only one with cash and name ID thought. Attorney General Greg Abbott has raised $3 million in the first six months of the year and has a massive war-chest of $14.5 million. The question is, should Governor Rick Perry run for re-election? What do you think? Should Perry run?

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