Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has opened up a sizable lead over State Senator Wendy Davis in the race for governor of Texas.
After what looks to be easy primary wins in March for the leading gubernatorial candidates, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, Republican Abbott will start the general election race with an 11-point lead (47%-36%) over Democrat Davis.
Greg Abbott’s widening lead over Davis is not surprising. Significantly, it has been over two decades since a Democrat has won an election for a statewide office in Texas. Abbott’s 11 point lead demonstrates his mounting support. Back in October, he led the State Senator by just six percent. Moreover, Davis’ flip flopping on such key issues as abortion and gun control, and her dishonesty in telling her own biography, have not helped her popularity.
Abbott was twice elected to the Texas Supreme Court, where he served with distinction, and he was named “Jurist of the Year” by the Texas Review of Law and Politics and Appellate Specialists. In 2005, Attorney General Abbott appeared before the United States Supreme Court, where he successfully defended the constitutionality of exhibiting the Ten Commandments at the Texas Capitol grounds.
The Attorney General was re-elected as the fiftieth Attorney General of Texas in 2010. He attended the University of Texas and received his law degree from Vanderbilt University.