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State Sen. Wendy Davis Outraises Greg Abbott in Texas Gov Race

January 14, 2014

In the battle to replace outgoing Texas governor Rick Perry, totals show state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) has outraised her GOP opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott during the last six months of 2013, raking in a reported $12.2 million.

State Sen. Wendy Davis during a stop in SA. Photo by Mary Tuma.

State Sen. Wendy Davis during a stop in SA. Photo by Mary Tuma.

Rather than lump sums from a few well-monied donors— a pattern among statewide GOP candidates— Davis attracted a stunning 71,843 individual contributors from  July 1  to December 31, 2013 across her three fundraising committees, according to a campaign release. A huge slice of contributions, some 85 percent, came out to $50 or less.  Signifying widespread support, all 245 Texas counties gave to the Davis race.

The campaign notes Battleground Texas— a statewide get out the vote effort closely aligned with the Davis camp— is set to report an estimated $1.8 million raised during the same time period.

Abbott pulled in $11.5 million over the same finance reporting time frame. However, Abbott claims $27 million cash on hand overall.

Davis announced her candidacy in early October, after rising to national prominence during the summer for her 11-hour filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate in an attempt to defeat a package of restrictive abortion laws.


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