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With military veterans at the front of everyone's mind this time of year, the frontrunners in the 2014 race for governor both say they would do more to better the lives of Texas veterans.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth and Attorney General Greg Abbott spent Veteran’s Day in Tarrant County, Davis joining the Fort Worth Veterans Day parade and Abbott at a Tarrant County Tea Party rally.
Davis served on the Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations committee for the past six years and said she’s made veterans a focus of her campaign:
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 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.
While the general election is still a year away, tension between gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott is already ratcheting up.
That battle is over money that the courts say Davis is owed for attorney fees during the 2011 redistricting battle over her state Senate seat -- a federal court in San Antonio ruled in Davis' favor just over a month ago.
Davis’ attorney Gerry Hebert said the federal court ordered Abbott to pay $600,000 as part of their decision for Davis.
Despite criticisms from Republicans, Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis is spending time in Washington D.C. next week for a major fundraising dinner.
The event Davis has been asked to speak at is to be hosted by the groups Battleground Texas and the Lone Start Project. Immediately upon its announcement, Davis began catching heat from her Republican rival, Attorney General Greg Abbott, who in a campaign email said Davis is “trying to bring Obama-styled politics and policies to Texas.”
Trying to woo the Latino vote, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has announced several events in South Texas and El Paso.
Davis says she’s gotten to known South Texas over the legislative session, especially concerning issues like healthcare and border issues.
“As Governor I want to make sure the people in South Texas understand I will be a leader that doesn’t just come and ask them for their vote and then forget about what they care about," Davis says. "I will be a leader who works on the things that are important to them.”