The Brief: Top Texas News for Jan. 25, 2012

The Big Conversation:

The race to scoop up Rick Perry's erstwhile big-dollar donors is on.

As Politico reported Tuesday, with the governor now out of the race, his top donors — who helped him quickly raise more than $17 million in the third quarter of 2011, more than any other Republican candidate — appear to be split between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

Two major Texas donors, Roy Bailey and Jim Lee, sent an email to their fundraising network this week indicating that they're ready to throw their financial support behind Gingrich, whom Perry endorsed last week after dropping out ...

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