Texas shootout?! 

Crying on the inside: Perry and Hutchison    (ap photo)

Via PoliticalWire, the very welcome* news that Texas' deeply intriguing Republican primary race for governor could be decided in a runoff. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, once the state's most popular politician, has been running 10 percentage points behind Gov. Rick Perry. From the AP:

(Hutchison) told The Associated Press she doesn't believe she or Perry has the backing right now of a majority of Republican voters. That could lead to an April runoff.

"Things could change, but I think all of us should be looking at the possibility, anyway," she said. "Not a probability, but a possibility."

Perry currently leads the Republican gubernatorial race with 44 percent, followed by Hutchison at 29 percent and Debra Medina (R) at 16 percent, according to the latest Rasmussen poll.

Perry's office told the AP they plan to beat Hutchison outright. A primary race that ends with pluralities goes to a runoff in Texas. The primary is March 2.

* Not because we have a horse in the race. We just like runoff elections.

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