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Democrat gets first newspaper nod for governor

HOUSTON (AP) - Democrat Bill White has received the first major newspaper endorsement of this year's general election campaign for governor.

In an editorial published in Sunday's edition, the Houston Chronicle said the former Houston mayor would bring stronger managerial credentials to the state government than those offered by the Republican incumbent, Gov. Rick Perry.

The editorial said Perry "has shown a distaste for dealing with budget details, fobbing them off on the Legislature and even suggesting in a recent news conference that Comptroller Susan Combs had better uses of her time than issuing deficit projections."

The Chronicle editorialized that, as Houston mayor, White fought to compel state environmental regulators to strengthen air quality monitoring around industries. The newspaper also projected that White would make improving education in the state of Texas a priority.

Perry has broken with tradition this year and chosen not to seek endorsements from newspaper editorial boards.

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