New polling numbers show a much wider margin between gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis, a Democrat, and Republican Greg Abbott.
A new poll out from the national group Public Policy Polling shows Davis behind Abbott by a margin of 15 points, which is a ten-point difference from a poll released earlier this week from the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Politics Project and the Texas Tribune.
The League of Women Voters in Texas is urging a "yes" vote on Prop. 6, the constitutional amendment that will take $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to create a sort of bank account to fund water projects.
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan group that works to get people to become active in their government and to get out the vote. It does not support one candidate or party over others, but does take positions on issues.
The Wendy Davis camp is approaching the latest poll on the gubernatorial race in Texas with optimism, but also with a healthy dose of caution.
Davis spoke to San Antonio supporters at a fundraiser Monday about bringing people in the state together and maintaining her strategy regardless of the polls.
There were nearly 1,000 supporters that bought tickets to the San Antonio fundraiser, and the list included some of the biggest local names, including former Mayor Lila Cockrell, Congressmen Joaquín Castro and Pete Gallego, and several local judges and elected officials.
The Texas Tribune and the University of Texas' Texas Politics Project surveyed 1,200 people from across the state. UT professor Jim Henson, who heads the Texas Politics Project, said much of polling results have to do with name recognition. "It's also the first time in quite a while where we go into the race with the Democrat at least as well known and probably more well known than the Republican is," Henson said.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for Texas governor, holds a single-digit lead over the likely Democratic nominee, state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. In a head-to-head race, Abbott got 40 percent of registered voters to Davis' 34 percent, with 25 percent of the voters undecided.
Attorneys for a group of abortion rights groups and clinics have asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency order to overturn the ruling by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court, which overturned an initial decision on parts of Texas' new abortion restriction law and allowed those restrictions to take immediate effect.
The ruling by the Fifth Circuit allowed two restrictions to take effect: Doctors at clinics performing abortions must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and doctors must provide patients with FDA guidelines when prescribing the abortion drug RU-486.