POLITICS

Charlie Cook: Texas Governor's Race Is A Tossup

05/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Political prognosticator Charlie Cook moved the Texas Gubernatorial race between incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry and former Houston Democratic Mayor Bill White, from "Leans Republican" to "Toss Up" on Wednesday, according Cook Report's latest forecast.

Though Gov. Rick Perry scored a decisive victory in the GOP primary earlier this week -- receiving 51 percent of the vote and avoiding a runoff with challenger, Sen. Kay Bailer Hutchison -- the report points out a few factors, such as White's choice of a Hispanic Lieutenant Governor, Linda Chavez-Thompson, and Perry's apparent fatigue, that could make the race much closer than originally anticipated.

The report calls White, the former mayor of Houston, the "strongest gubernatorial candidate Democrats have nominated since Ann Richards was the party's standard bearer in 1990," and touts his accolades as an efficient fundraiser with a solid base of support.

Perry's prowess as a political candidate is also well documented. The governor is "known for running well funded, aggressive, no-holds-barred campaigns," the report says, "and this will be no exception," Cook wrote.

When these two political powerhouses go head-to-head in November, Perry could be facing the "most difficult race of his career," the report says.

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