Perry and Hutchison attend gala headlined by George W. Bush

Less than 48 hours before voters head to the polls in Texas, the two top contenders for the Republican gubernatorial nomination came together Sunday night for a church fundraiser headlined by two-term governor and former president George W. Bush.

Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison were both in the audience as Bush delivered the keynote address at a benefit dinner for the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, an outreach service for pregnant women run by the Dallas-based, Southern Baptist Prestonwood Bible Church. Sponsorship packages for the dinner started at $2,500, according to the event's website.

Perry had been expected to attend the dinner, but Hutchison was a late addition to the guest list. According to the Dallas Morning News, Hutchison's spokeswoman announced Sunday that the senator would attend the gala, after a prior scheduling conflict was resolved.

The evening was closed to media, but Perry gave Bush rave reviews. Perry, who is the favorite in the primary, tweeted Sunday night, "George W was excellent at the Prestonwood Pregnancy Ctr. dinner tonight. Remarks were spot on. A most engaging and dramatic night."

Bush has remained neutral in the battle for his former job.