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Texas GOP Ballot Has a Rick Perry for Governor – Not That Rick Perry

For now, at least, the computer engineer from Parker County with the same name as a former governor is on the March 1 Republican primary ballot. A lawsuit to block his candidacy could be coming, though

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State Republican Party officials on Friday forwarded Parker County computer engineer Rick Perry’s name to the Texas secretary of state’s office for inclusion as a candidate in next year’s gubernatorial primary.

“We are putting his name on the secretary of state’s website right now,” said James Wesolek, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Texas.

On Monday, Ricky Lynn Perry, 63, of Springtown, northwest of Fort Worth, filed his papers as a gubernatorial candidate on Monday.

He is not James Richard Perry, 71, the former Texas governor and U.S. energy secretary.

But citing sound-alike candidates of yore, from Texas Supreme Court Justice Donald Yarbrough in the 1970s to victorious if little-known Railroad Commission candidate Jim Wright last year, experts have said the Parker County Rick Perry – if he stays on the ballot – could force incumbent GOP Gov. Greg Abbott to have to spend a little more in the next three months.

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