East Texans weigh in on governor's race

By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - From gun laws to unemployment, the Republican candidates will face off for the final debate tonight.

While some East Texans are ready to cheer for their candidate ...

"I'm going to watch," Earl Russaw said. "I want Kay Bailey Hutchison to win."

Others haven't decided who they want in the governor's mansion.

"I hadn't decided yet. I'm still trying to decide," Leo Sprayberry Jr. said.

"I'm going to wait until I hear everything I have to say," Trey Buckley said.

There are certain issues some voters will watch for.

"Definitely, definitely make sure our borders are secure and try to help the people here in Texas that's what basically I want to hear about," Russaw said. "If we have any job openings for some of the younger people."

"No toll roads because those are expensive on trucks and I just wish they'd get rid of them," Michael Mead said.

For some, education takes top priority.

"Me having three young kids, that's very important to me and I look forward to hearing about all the future they have in store for us," Trey Buckley said.

"My daughter and going to school is hard having a child and are they going to make it easier for us or cheaper for us or anything like that?" Wilria Brooks said.

Not everyone plans to watch the showdown.

"I don't plan on watching because I don't see where what I have to say makes any difference what he's going to do," Virginia Baxter said.

For those that do watch, hopefuls will have to fight for East Texans' votes.

The final televised debate for the Republican nomination for governor is Friday at 7 p.m. Incumbent Rick Perry is taking on U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and businesswoman Debra Medina.

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