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Money Race Close for Hutchison, Perry

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    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, left, and current Gov. Rick Perry are going head-to-head in the race for Texas governor in 2010.

    Republican gubernatorial candidates U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry are locked in a close race when it comes to raising money.

    Hutchison's campaign said Wednesday she raised more than $6 million in the last half of 2009 and had more than $12.3 million in available cash heading into January.

    Perry's campaign says he raised $7.1 million in the same six-month period and had $11.6 million in the bank heading into 2010.

    The campaigns released those totals as they prepared to file full six-month fundraising reports with the Texas Ethics Commission by the end of the week.

    The Republican primary is March 2. The two well-known candidates, along with Republican Debra Medina, will debate on television Thursday night.