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Democrats eye Texas gov.'s office amid tight polls

TYLER, Texas (AP) - People tell Bill White he picked the wrong election to stage a rescue of the troubled Texas Democratic Party. It's a Republican year in a Republican state.

But the former Houston mayor with the bald head and oversized ears has not yet faded into the familiar doom Democrats have come to expect from their gubernatorial candidates every four years.

A series of recent polls shows a stubbornly tight race, in the single digits. That leaves White within striking distance of longtime Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who is seeking re-election to an unprecedented third term in November.

A decent showing by Libertarian Kathie Glass could also help White. Glass is courting many of the same tea party conservatives Perry has charmed.

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