Candidates for Texas governor add to coffers in expensive race

DALLAS Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:09am EDT

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks during an anti-abortion rally at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, July 8, 2013.   REUTERS/Mike Stone

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks during an anti-abortion rally at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, July 8, 2013.

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DALLAS (Reuters) - The Texas governor’s race, expected to be one of this election season's most expensive, saw both candidates raising about $11 million between February and June 30, according to campaign data released on Tuesday.

Front-runner Greg Abbott, a Republican now serving as the state's attorney general, has an overall war chest of $35.5 million four months before the election.

The campaign of Democrat Wendy Davis, a state senator, said it had raised $27 million since last July. That is higher than the $26.3 million raised by Democrat Bill White in his unsuccessful 2010 race against Governor Rick Perry.

Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, is stepping down at the end of this term.

Democrats have not won a statewide election in Texas since 1994. Shifting demographics are working in favor of the Democrats as Hispanics, largely reliable Democratic voters, are poised to become the majority population group by 2030, under current trends.

(Reporting by Marice Richter; Writing by Jon Herskovitz)

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rlm328 wrote:
I always like how the liberals paint Texas as about to become a democratic bastion in the near future. Bush attracted 40% of the Hispanic vote as governor. So please, Texas is a conservative state. Even our liberals are conservative. All politics are local.

Jul 16, 2014 7:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DonD1977 wrote:
It was not ALL that long ago that Ann Richards was governor of Texas – the incomptence of Rick Perry as the top leader in the TX GOP for almost two decades now, and the Taliban-like TX GOP platform, have opened doors for a Democratic return that even the surging Hispanic population have not.

With Rick Perry and Ted Cruz being the face of the Texas GOp until 2016 – a shift that might have taken a generation can occur in fice years or less – whether or not Wendy Davis makes an impact now.

Jul 16, 2014 8:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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