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From Texas, there's more evidence that Gov. Rick Perry is going to seek reelection in 2010, setting up a possible showdown with U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Republican primary. From the Dallas Morning News :
AUSTIN - Gearing up for an unprecedented fourth term, Gov. Rick Perry is planning about 20 fundraisers between now and December, even though he won't face an election until March 2010.
Some in the GOP are grumbling that the Perry campaign is tapping the same donors who are needed to help Republican candidates in elections just three months away.
Mr. Perry served the two years remaining in George W. Bush's term before winning four-year terms of his own in 2002 and 2006. He will soon become the longest-serving Texas governor, an office with no term limits.
His longevity and relatively low poll numbers - he won his last election with 39 percent of the vote in a field of four major candidates - mean Mr. Perry could face tough competition within his own party. U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has indicated that she is considering seeking the office, which could lead to a costly primary battle.
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