From yesterday, a look at the petition signing efforts for independent gubernatorial candidates Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Kinky Friedman in Harris County.
Overall in Harris County, Strayhorn outdid Friedman by collecting 37,739 signatures to Friedman's 19,117, according to data provided by the Texas secretary of state's office.
If the disqualification rate for signatures in Harris County was roughly the same for each candidate as it was statewide, then Strayhorn had about 19,000 valid sigs, while Friedman had about 16,000.
Dean Barkley, campaign manager for Friedman, said Friedman did well in neighborhoods where he had motivated volunteers.
One of those volunteers was Katy Whelan, a 47-year-old resident of the Timbergrove neighborhood who works in the oil and gas industry and collected 400 signatures for Friedman. She said most of the signatures were gathered at a popular weekend farmers market in the Heights.
She also tapped her friends and neighbors at wine parties and other gatherings.
"We're all like-minded, pretty much basically Democrats," she said. "Everybody is such a fan of Kinky's."
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Joyce Aquil, a 60-year-old educator, remembers signing a petition for Strayhorn at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in the Third Ward. But she acknowledged last week that she didn't know much about the candidate.
"What's her claim to fame?" she asked. "Is she the grandmother person?"
The fact that heavy petition support for Friedman and Strayhorn came from the Democratic strongholds of Houston as well as counties such as Travis and Bexar could be bad news for Bell.
Jason Stanford, a spokesman for Bell, said Bell's challenge is to get "Democrats to vote for the Democrat."
"What the petition signers really want to do is beat Rick Perry," he said. "There's only one candidate who can possibly break out of this pack to challenge Rick Perry, and that's Chris Bell."