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Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his rival for the gubernatorial nomination, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, both are leading Democrat Bill White, the former Houston mayor, in general election match-ups -- as was the case in a previous survey -- but the surprise is that Debra Medina, a favorite of conservative and Tea Party activists, also makes a strong showing against White, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Feb. 1.
Perry leads White 48 percent to 39 percent with 5 percent preferring some other candidate and 8 percent undecided. Bailey leads him 49 percent to 36 percent with 7 percent preferring someone else and 7 percent undecided.
Medina, a former Wharton County GOP chair, leads White 41 percent to 38 percent with 6 percent preferring someone else and 16 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3 points. Last month, White led Medina by 44 percent to 38 percent.
In the GOP primary contest, a Rasmussen poll released yesterday had Perry leading Hutchison 44 percent to 29 percent with Medina at 16 percent. Last November, she stood at 4 percent.
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