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Perry, Bush's successor in Texas, projected to win governorship


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AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- Gov. Rick Perry, who took over as Texas governor after George W. Bush became president in 2000, defeated Democratic nominee Tony Sanchez on Tuesday, CNN projects.

Sanchez spent more than $60 million of his own money in the race.

Perry maintained a hefty lead throughout the campaign, despite a stream of Sanchez-sponsored TV ads attacking his ethics. He ran unopposed in the GOP primary and benefited from widespread popular support for Bush.

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