Texas Gubernatorial Race: Can Wendy Davis Turn Around Almost Twenty Years of the GOP!

Dear Commons Community,

Probably one of the most closely watched gubernatorial races this year will take place in Texas with Democrat Wendy Davis challenging almost twenty years of Republican control of the state house. A Nov. 4 University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll had Davis trailing Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) by six points. Democrats have not won more than 42 percent of the vote in the last three elections, and the party’s last governor from Texas was Ann Richards (1991-95). The Huffington Post is reporting that Davis is getting important support from within her own party.

“A little more than two months into her campaign for Texas governor, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is getting a helping hand from one of her party’s most prominent forces in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent out a fundraising email in support of Davis Saturday morning, praising Davis as someone who is “not afraid of a tough fight.”

Wendy Davis’ political star has been rising since her 11-hour filibuster helped defeat a controversial anti-abortion bill aimed at severely cutting access to abortion services across Texas, even her Republican colleagues had to express their admiration.

Davis’ emotional testimony appeared to gradually galvanize supporters in the state and across the country, hour by hour. Her supporters filled the state Capitol’s gallery, standing shoulder-to-shoulder in hallways and lining up down the steps outside.

This is a race to watch in 2014.


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