State Sen. Wendy Davis Outraises Greg Abbott in Texas Gov Race


In the battle to replace outgoing Texas governor Rick Perry, totals show state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) has outraised her GOP opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott during the last six months of 2013, raking in a reported $12.2 million.


State Sen. Wendy Davis during a stop in SA. Photo by Mary Tuma.

Rather than lump sums from a few well-monied donors— a pattern among statewide GOP candidates— Davis attracted a stunning 71,843 individual contributors from  July 1  to December 31, 2013 across her three fundraising committees, according to a campaign release. A huge slice of contributions, some 85 percent, came out to $50 or less.  Signifying widespread support, all 245 Texas counties gave to the Davis race.

The campaign notes Battleground Texas— a statewide get out the vote effort closely aligned with the Davis camp— is set to report an estimated $1.8 million raised during the same time period.

Abbott pulled in $11.5 million over the same finance reporting time frame. However, Abbott claims $27 million cash on hand overall.

Davis announced her candidacy in early October, after rising to national prominence during the summer for her 11-hour filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate in an attempt to defeat a package of restrictive abortion laws.