Greg Abbott Leads Wendy Davis In Texas

Wendy Davis Greg Abbott

Not surprisingly, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott continues to have a healthy lead over Democratic challenger Wendy Davis in the Texas Govenor’s race:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott leads Democrat Wendy Davis by 11 points, according to a new poll Monday.

Forty-seven percent of voters said they back Abbott, while 36 percent would vote for Davis, a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll found. Seventeen percent of registered voters said they had no opinion.

The new poll represents a widening gap between Abbott and Davis. In October, the survey found Abbott leading Davis by just 6 percent.

Davis has suffered some setbacks of late, including controversies over inconsistencies in her personal biography and recent statements in which she appeared to contradict her own previously stated position on late-term abortion, but in the end it was always clear that she faces an uphill battle in the Lone Star State. Expect to see Abbott to be on a clear path to victory by the time summer rolls around.

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  1. Pinky says:

    Greg Abbott doesn’t know what it’s like to face difficulties. (Heard about that?)

  2. stonetools says:

    I think the best intelligent progrssives hoped for was that Davis would run a competitive race. (Yes, there were some who were hoping , against all reason, to “turn Texas blue!” at one fell swoop.)

    Bottom line, the journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step. Davis runs a respectable race this year-maybe a Democrat will win in say, 2028, when the democraphic changes take hold.

  3. Scott says:

    This polling was taken prior to Feb 17th. Since then, Abbott has been taking a beating by his palling around with the revolting Ted Nugent. We’ll see if that has an effect on the polling. Probably not much.

  4. A.Men says:

    I sent a campaign donation to Abbott. I am a Native Texan living in Wash. D.C. area.

    Go Texas!

    I can’t wait to return to Texan Freedom!!!

  5. bandit says:

    Surprising it’s so close since Wendy Davis is lying POS

  6. grewgills says:


    Davis runs a respectable race this year-maybe a Democrat will win in say, 2028, when the democraphic changes take hold.

    and then… ONE PARTY STATE!!1!

  7. CSK says:


    Abbott’s taken a beating in the national press–deservedly so, from my standpoint. But a friend in Texas who’s very knowledgeable about politics informs me that Nugent is beloved of Texans (I suppose because he goes to church and likes to shoot guns) and that any politician who spurns an endorsement from him is risking career suicide.

    I often wonder how people who revere Nugent for his devotion to Christian virtue rationalize the fact that he had himself made guardian of a 17-year-old girl so he could continue a sexual relationship with her.

  8. Kari Q says:

    Shouldn’t the phrase “surprising absolutely no one” be in this article some place? Did anyone really think Davis had a chance of winning?

  9. rudderpedals says:

    he had himself made guardian of a 17-year-old girl so he could continue a sexual relationship with her

    Nuge, allowing his inner Humbert Humbert out. Who amongst us has not done this?

  10. OzarkHillbilly says:


    Who amongst us has not done this?

    (Shyly raises hand)
    Ummmmm… me?

  11. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @A.Men: Said like a true straight white man!

    ps: go back soon, you’re giving the rest of America a bad name.

  12. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @bandit: She is a politician you idiot. Abbott is a lying POS too. So obviously enough, Texans aren’t really bothered by lying. (for that matter, neither is the rest of America, at least, not when they enter the voting booth)

  13. superdestroyer says:


    When demographics make Texas a one party state, I doubt if the Democrats will be nominating a lot of people like Wendy Davis for state wide office. It is more likely someone like Eddie Lucio, Jr. or Leticia Van de Putte will be winning the state wide elections in a blue Texas.

    Of course, this assumes that demographics actually has some effect on politics and elections. There are many people who believe that demographics have so little effect on politics that demographics are irrelevant. The Democrats in Texas are betting otherwise.

  14. wr says:

    @Kari Q: “Did anyone really think Davis had a chance of winning?”

    It’s February. The election is in November.

    Yes, the odds are against her, as they have been all along. But it seems pretty foolish to decide she’s lost at this point.

    I seem to recall a bunch of Democratic senators who were guaranteed to lose their seats two Februarys ago…

  15. al-Ameda says:


    I can’t wait to return to Texan Freedom!!!

    So Texas is going to secede after all?
    Thank you Rick Perry!

  16. bill says:

    wendy davis is just a hack- she tried running as a republican and it didn’t work out for her. just a week or so ago she said she’s really not all for late term abortions, and favors gun rights…..something most of you can’t stand anyway. so if you don’t “choose” to live here then it’s really none of your business.Texas could give a damn about you or your self righteous bullshit- we’re successful as always.

  17. dennis says:

    Well, I didn’t participate in any poll, and I’m definitely going out to vote for Davis. I can’t be the only one.

  18. Pinky says:

    @dennis: Polls don’t attempt to capture 100% of the voters.

  19. dennis says:

    Why, thank you, Pinky; I didn’t know that. I must be an idiot or something …

    Anyway, this is one of a hundred reasons I no longer vote (R):

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