Challenger Concedes in Governor’s Race

Challenger Bill White concedes to incumbent Rick Perry. This is KUHF’s Pat Hernandez.

With his family at his side, former Houston Mayor Bill White told supporters at the Hilton Americas downtown  last night that despite all the hard work of  so many Texans, our state does not have a new governor. He said they fell
short of a majority needed to have a new vision of leadership in a very difficult election year.

“You have created a new coalition of Texans young and old, from all backgrounds, remarkably bipartisan, who want our state to move forward. I want to tell you this will be an enduring legacy. I hope you keep this network alive, because it is something powerful, and its time will come in our state.”

He says he’ll return to the private sector and contribute there. White was considered the Democrats’ best hope in years to win the state’s top office.

“No words can express the gratitude we feel, for tens of thousands of Texans who’ve given their treasure, their talent and their time, because they had a vision of Texas for the future. We appreciate your efforts. We hope this campaign has been worthy, and we will never forget what you have done. Thank you all.”

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