Texas General Election Early Voting Begins

Texas Candidates For Governor Urge Supporters to Vote

By JAY ROOT and KELLEY SHANNON – Associated Press Writers

Perry at the Polls in Brownsville, Texas

"On the second day of November we will take America back!" said Perry

The candidates for Texas governor fanned out across the state Monday on the first day of early voting, slipping into polling places in Austin and Houston to vote for themselves before urging their supporters to do the same.

Democrat Bill White held get-out-the-vote rallies in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. Republican Gov. Rick Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history, went to traditionally Democratic territory in South Texas to rally supporters and to announce that former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Farouk Shami had endorsed his re-election bid.

“On the second day of November we will take America back!” Perry said at Cobblehead’s restaurant in Brownsville, where he appeared alongside Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos and praised tea party activists gathered at the event. Shami, who got only 13 percent of the Democratic vote in March against White, said Perry’s conservative credentials made him the best pro-business candidate.

White, a former Houston mayor stressing his own business credentials, called Perry’s endorsement from Shami, maker of the popular Chi flatiron, “a bit odd.”

“Mr. Shami gathered his supporters after the primary and expressed unequivocal support for my candidacy, and was harsh in his criticisms of Mr. Perry during the primary,” White said.

But Shami said he’s known for months that he would support Perry. At a Perry event at a rustic barbecue restaurant in Corpus Christi, Shami said he didn’t like his dealings with White and the Democratic Party and called Perry “a man that keeps his word, a man that is a proud Texan.” He also joked that Perry has “good hair because he uses Chi.”

Perry asked the Corpus Christi supporters to vote for Republican candidates for the legislature and local offices.

“If you’ve got any questions, just vote straight Republican,” Perry said. “Your chances of getting small government, fiscal conservatives into office is pretty good.”

While recent polls have given Perry the lead, they have shown that it’s a surprisingly tight race in staunchly conservative Texas.

Both candidates voted early Monday, the first opportunity to cast a ballot.

The Texas general election early voting period ends Oct. 29, and Election Day is Nov. 2.


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2 Comments for “Texas General Election Early Voting Begins”

  1. George1958

    Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote!

  2. Andrew P.

    You can vote at any location for early voting in Harris County if that is where you are registered. Be sure to bring your voter registration card or ID such as driver license, passport, etc. For a list of early voting locations in Harris County go to…

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