Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — The Republican race for governor has mostly been a heavyweight showdown, with the senior U.S. senator from Texas trying to knock out the state's longest serving governor.
But Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry aren't the only Republicans in the race. Fiery GOP activist and gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, who has strong libertarian views and does not rule out seceding from the union, could affect the contest, even if she loses, as experts anticipate.
But Medina is unswayed by the experts.
"I feel it in my gut," said Medina, a registered nurse from Wharton, just south of Houston. "I am not quitting. I am not taking my foot off the pedal. Not one inch."
Medina has been waging a low-budget guerrilla war against Perry and Hutchison — at the last reporting in July, she hadn't broken past $50,000 — using the Internet, social media and the heady enthusiasm of her volunteers to raise her profile. The strategy paid off last week, when Medina snagged a coveted spot in the upcoming statewide televised debate in Denton Thursday with the two GOP stars.
That has caused her Internet traffic to spike and brought more attention to her candidacy. Analysts say she still has virtually no chance of actually winning, but her attacks on the establishment candidates could take a toll on them and the party, and if she gets enough traction she could trigger a gubernatorial runoff election.
Polls have shown Medina in the single digits, but even a few points in a close race could be enough to spark a runoff. If no candidate wins 50 percent of the vote in the March 2 primary, the top two contenders have to face off on April 13.
If there is a runoff, experts believe it will again be Perry and Hutchison, engaging in a costly do-over played out over an intense six weeks. Medina has a different scenario in mind: she gets into a runoff with Perry and wins in a David-vs-Goliath battle.
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Campbell named ‘Texas Aviator of the Year’
It was quite an honor for Corsicana's “Dr. Dave.” The longtime Corsicana physician, and namesake of C. David Campbell Field at the Corsicana airport was named 2014 Texas Aviator of the Year by the Texas Department of Transportation.
Kids at Hop Downtown offer insights into holiday
The Hop Downtown, sponsored by the Main Street Office and local businesses, was colorful, loud and joyous, with Easter Bunny photos, free eggs, cookies, a bounce house and face painting Thursday afternoon in downtown Corsicana.
Two churches set to close
Two local United Methodist churches are going through the early stages of closing their doors.
Barry United Methodist Church and Wesley United Methodist Church in north Corsicana are both ending their ministries, according to their respective pastors.
Baker named hospital ‘Employee of Year’
Navarro Regional Hospital has named Sandy Baker as 2013 Employee of the Year. This award is the highest honor bestowed on a hospital employee each year. Baker was chosen from among 327 fellow employees for the honor.
Church News for Friday, April 18, 2014
News and announcements submitted by congregations throughout Navarro County.
Mounted shoot event draws wide interest
A fast-growing sport among western enthusiasts is taking center stage in Hubbard next weekend.
The Hubbard Rodeo Association is hosting a Cowboy Mounted Shoot on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27
Calicos to host dance clinic Saturday
The Corsicana High School Calico Drill Team will host a special dance clinic for girls in 6th , 7th and 8th grade this Saturday, April 19 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Calico Dance Studio
Helping our fellow man
A beautiful day, delicious food and the very entertaining Mike Doocy of Fox 4 Sports combined to provide United Way volunteers with a lot of appreciation for their hard work in the 2014 campaign.
YMCA warns against woman fraudulently soliciting funds
A woman has been soliciting funds, falsely portraying herself as representing the YMCA, Executive Director Terry Seth reported late Wednesday afternoon. A business owner in town informed Seth a lady solicited his business, saying she was raising money for the YMCA for a program for deaf children. Seth says the YMCA does not have such a program.
Wine and walking
About a dozen local businesses are opening their doors for the Derrick Days Wine and Cheese stroll this year, and many are only doing it as an open house opportunity.
The stroll is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. April 24 in downtown Corsicana. It's free and open to the public.
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