Some Republicans are giving Mr. White a look.
Javier Joven, 44, the owner of a roofing company in Odessa, Tex., showed up at an event to meet Mr. White. He said that Mr. Perry had not taken the high school dropout rate and teenage-pregnancy problems seriously, and that Mr. White had. “His opportunity to win is just as good as Perry’s,” Mr. Joven said. “It’s just an anti-incumbent year.”
Since Texas began promoting abstinence-based education, teen pregnancies are down 24%, teen abortions have dropped by 41%, and teen births are down 22%.