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Davis Set to Officially Join Gov Race

By KTSA News Staff  

It might be one of the worst kept secrets in politics--and all indications suggest State Senator Wendy Davis will officially announce her candidacy for Governor Thursday Afternoon.  

Davis is best known for her recent filibuster effort--which temporarily delayed tighter abortion restricitons in Texas--which ultimately passed in both the State House and Senate--and were signed in to law by Governor Rick Perry. 

Rice University Political Science Department Chairman Mark Jones told 550 KTSA News Davis' chances at winning a presumed campaign against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott are likely slim--but he also said that doesn't mean she can't have a big impact on the state's political landscape.  

"I think this still is a very important race, because how she loses is incredibly imporant to the future of partisan politics in Texas" Jones said, adding "If Davis is able to come close to Abbott--say crossing the 45% threshhold--or ideally from her perspective holding him to under 50%--then she would set hte stage for a very competitive 2018 race."  

Meanwhile, an early poll lookign at the race shows a lot of voters remaion undecided--though the Attorney General does hold a definite lead.  

"29% said they were going to vote for Abbott, 21% said  for Davis--and 50% said they just hadn't thought enough about it, they didn't know enough about it" said Texas Lyceum Polling Director Darron Shaw--who told 550 KTSA News there may be a more ominous sign for Davis in the numbers--with the pair running about even among women.   



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