POSTED: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 2:06am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 5:47am
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- Swooping into traditionally Democratic territory in South Texas, Republican Gov. Rick Perry praised tea party activists and urged straight-ticket GOP voting as polls opened statewide.
His Democratic rival, Bill White, also took advantage of the first day of early voting in Texas by holding get-out-the-vote rallies Monday in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.
Both candidates started the day by voting for themselves, then asked voters to do the same.