Houston Mayor Bill White has won the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas.

White led businessman Farouk Shami 76 percent to 12 percent with 2.3 percent of precincts reporting and plenty of early voting tabulated. He has been declared the winner.

He will face the winner of the GOP contest between Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Perry leads 53-30 with early voting and just more than 2 percent of precincts reporting.

Perry must get 50 percent-plus-one to avoid a runoff on April 13.

White has given Democrats hope of winning the elusive Texas governorship. The DGA recently contributed $500,000 to his campaign in a sign of it's enthusiasm.