Texas Governor race expected to be close.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 8:51am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:35am

The Governor's race will be in full swing in the coming weeks with the Texas Primary Election right around the corner, Omar Villafranca gives you a look at the candidates.

Over the next seven weeks the candidates for Governor will give dozens of speeches and shake thousands of hands to try and win your vote. Some of the names will sound familiar, others will sound exotic.

Let's start with the Democrats, the last time a Democrat won a statewide election the Dallas Cowboys were the defending Superbowl champs. The Democrats are hoping to move into the Governor's mansion with either Bill White or Farouk Shami at the top of the ticket. \

Who is Bill White, you ask? He's familiar to Gulf coast Texans. The Harvard graduate worked in the energy business before serving three terms as Houston's Mayor. He's running in the Democratic Primary against Farouk Shami who's a billionaire, businessman, and from Houston. Shami founded Farouk Systems, which makes Chi Flat Iron and other haircare products.

There are some very familiar names running for Governor in the GOP Primary. Rick Perry is the longest serving Governor and is campaigning for another term in Austin. Perry won his last election with 39% of the vote but faces a serious primary challenge from another well known Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Hutchison said she was going to resign from the Senate, but decided to keep her seat in Washington as she campaigns for the big seat in Austin. Based on the latest polls, Hutchison faces an uphill battle against Perry. The X-factor on GOP side is Debra Medina. The former Chair of the Wharton County GOP isn't expected to win, but could pull enough votes to force a run-off.

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