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.”
In 2014, Texas voters might just see something they haven't experienced in two decades — a competitive race for governor.
Current Republican Gov. Rick Perry isn't running for re-election, so it's an open race, with new faces and new optimism for Texas Democrats.
Earlier this year, the Democrats were once again facing the prospect of scrambling to find someone to run as their candidate. Then, on June 25, state Sen. Wendy Davis came to the Capitol in Austin wearing running shoes and ready to block a restrictive abortion bill.
Wendy Davis, the Texas senator who gained national attention with her filibuster against restrictive abortion laws, stopped in San Antonio just days after announcing her bid for governor.
And it may be no surprise that the Alamo City is on her list.
"San Antonio, of course, has an incredible story to tell about how much it values education, how much it values public-private partnerships that keep our economy strong," Davis said. "It's a shining example of what we want to see happening all over the state of Texas and it's one of the reasons that I'm running for governor."
Wendy Davis’ campaign brought in over $500,000 in contributions in less than 24 hours after her announcement that she would run for governor and the Democrat from Fort Worth has now launched her first campaign video.
"A Texas Story" starts with a biography of Davis’ life and features her daughter Amber, who details her mother’s humble beginnings.
In order for Wendy Davis to win the governor's office in 2014, one of the keys for her campaign will be mobilizing the Latino vote, which could be hard to do.
SMU Political Science Professor Mathew Wilson said one of the biggest challenges for Davis in the race for governor is that the 2014 election is not a presidential election year, meaning turnout will be low in a group of voters with an already low turnout at the ballot box.