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On the Records: UT Boosters Split on Rick vs. Kay

Did the University of Texas' deep-pocketed football boosters stay loyal to Kay Bailey Hutchison, an alumna, or support the Aggie in the governor's race, Rick Perry?

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry.

On a day when many people are thinking about tonight's national championship game, we wondered how the Longhorns' most ardent fans come down in the governor's race.

Specifically: Did the deep-pocketed football boosters stay loyal to Kay Bailey Hutchison, a UT alumna, or support the Aggie in the race, Rick Perry?

So (obviously having too much time on my hands) I took a list of Longhorn Foundation advisers and crossed* it with contributions received by both campaigns this year.

The donors' loyalties are split, with Hutchison receiving more donations but only slightly more campaign cash than Perry, according to their July 2009 filings. 

CANDIDATE AMOUNT COUNT
Hutchison $332,400 28
Perry $257,000 6
     

I uploaded the raw data to Google Docs. Hook'em.

*Joining databases by names is tricky, especially when the records don't have complete addresses, so this analysis isn't perfect. We probably have missed some shared donors (Jim Smith and James Smith don't match) or even confused some donors with common names. Joining on first name, last name and city -- while also excluding people who donated less than $1,000 -- should have kept the results pretty clean, however.

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