AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – A couple of last minute polls have put Governor Rick Perry in the driver’s seat for a big win next Tuesday.



The latest Public Policy Polling survey has Perry with a 53 to 44 percent lead over challenger Bill White.

KRLD Austin Bureau Chief Robert Wood’s Report

Pollster Tom Jenson says for White to win he needs more than the 11 percent of Republicans that are crossing over to support him.  “For a Democrat to win in Texas at this point you’re going to have to get closer to 20 percent of the Republican vote and White just didn’t do it.”

Eleven percent of Democrats plan to cross over and vote for Perry according to Jenson.  A poll by some of the state’s major newspapers also show Perry with a comfortable 49 to 37 percent lead over White.