Rick Perry hurt his campaign by opening his mouth. For you non-Texans, you should be aware that the Governor of Texas isn't the one with the power. We have a post-reconstruction constitution that severly limits the governor's power. Our governors just smile, look good, and become Presidents. It's when they become Presidents that they become dangerous, 'cause we'll elect anybody to be Governor of Texas.
My favorite was named Jim Hogg. His daughter was named Ima. Ima Hogg. Yes, we will elect anyone to be our governor.
Then again, Californians picked Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwartzenegger.