Hutchison, who enjoys the support of former Vice President Cheney, is continuing to aggressively challenge Perry. But her decision to remain in the Senate while running for governor is a sign that she is hedging her bets and that Perry, who enjoys the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has the upper-hand.
Although Perry has improved his chances in the primary by running to the right, Democrats are hoping that they can knock him off in November with Bill White, the popular mayor of Houston. Texas continues to lean Republican and the GOP is favored to win in November but White's entrance gives Democrats a glimmer of hope that they might be able to take back the governor's office for the first time since future President George W. Bush knocked off Democrat Ann Richards in 1994.
White had been weighing a run for Senate when it looked like Hutchison was going to resign. When he got into the governor's race, he took a shot at Perry for expressing sympathy with secessionists. "Shouldn't we be the state that leads the nation, not that leaves the nation?" said White.