AUSTIN (KXAN) - Time is ticking at the State Capitol. With one week left in the second special session, state lawmakers have yet to wrap up the last of Gov. Rick Perry's wish list - transportation funding.
Competing plans could prevent billions of dollars needed for highway improvements. At the same time, all eyes are on the governor and what is ahead after lawmakers go home.
Many people predict another presidential run, but what if he decides to take another route? When Perry told Texans this month he would not seek re-election, he left a political cliffhanger.
"Any future considerations I will announce in due time, and I will arrive at that decision appropriately," Perry told supporters at that announcement.
It is a decision some predict might mean exploring some of his political passions outside of an office. Ranching, the energy sector, the Second Amendment, or maybe a political pundit – they are all possibilities.
Still, insiders predict a second stab at the presidency, but would voters forgive him for the first? Several gaffes helped end his campaign early. It might take a lot to bounce back.
"The last one wasn't fatal Matt Mackowiak," an Austin-based Republican strategist. "It did do some damage, but if he does his due diligence and builds towards 2016, I think right now my sense is he can make a strong showing and give it a real run."
Some Republican strategists say the last run was rushed, mere months to prepare. This time, he has a few years to explore his options - take the risk or stay put.
So how much money would Perry have to raise if he ran? Looking back at campaign spending reports from 2012, President Barack Obama raised more than a billion dollars and spent $985 million. That includes money from the Democratic Party and from PACs.
Supporters of Mitt Romney raised more than $992 million dollars and spent almost all of it in the campaign.
Plus, running a second time is not uncommon for the person who becomes the nominee. Three of the past four Republican presidential candidates won the nomination after failing in a previous campaign.
Romney's 2012 nomination came after he lost the 2008 nomination to John McCain. McCain was on his second campaign when he won the nomination. He lost to George W. Bush in 2000.
Bush won the nomination on his first try. Bob Dole got the Republican nomination back in 1996 on his third try.
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