AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Gov. Rick Perry has ridden an anti-Washington message to an easy victory over Democrat Bill White.
And now he's heading into an unprecedented third full four-year term. With about two-thirds of precincts reporting, Perry had 56 percent of the vote compared with White's 41 percent in Tuesday's election.
White conceded and told supporters in Houston he'll return to the private sector and contribute there. He urged those who backed him to stay involved in "a new coalition of Texans" that they created.
A grinning Perry proclaimed at his victory party at a wild game ranch: "Texas has spoken, and we're on the right track."
Perry said Texans were "optimistic about the future of our country and they believe Texas is headed in the right direction."
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