Posted: Jan 30, 2013 7:24 PM by Associated Press
DALLAS (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry says Attorney General Greg Abbott has agreed not to challenge him in the 2014 Republican primary if Perry chooses to seek re-election.
Perry made the comment after a taping Wednesday of the television program "Inside Texas Politics" at the WFAA-TV studios in Dallas. He said Abbott "has said clearly that if I ran again he's not going to be running against me."
A spokesman for Abbott declined to comment on Perry's statement and said any speculation on Abbott's political future would be "unproductive."
Abbott has $18 million in cash on hand for a campaign, compared to Perry's $6 million. Perry hasn't said if he'll seek re-election as governor, but observers have said they expect Abbott may enter the Republican gubernatorial primary regardless of what Perry does.
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