There are reports today that Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott have a deal for the 2014 election. If Perry decides to seek reelection, Abbott won’t mount a primary challenge. WFAA in Dallas and the The Dallas Morning News are reporting that Perry made the statement in an exclusive interview for Inside Texas Politics, with WFAA’s Brad Watson and the Dallas Morning News’ Gromer Jeffers. 

According to both news outlets, after the taping, Perry said “Greg is a dear friend. He has said clearly that if I ran again he’s not going to be running against me.” 

Abbott spokesman Eric Bearse said he could not confirm or deny if such a conversation took place. Bearse told the paper, “Gov. Perry and Gen Abbott are close friends, and talk frequently. I am not going to comment on private conversations I am not privy to.” Bearse said, “General Abbott is focused on taking care of the business of Texas, and political speculation right now is unproductive.”

Gov. Perry and General Abbott have declined to say formally if they are planning to run for the state’s highest office in 2014. Both have said they will make their plans clear after the legislative session, in June.