On the eve of announcing a widely anticipated bid for Texas governor, Democrat Wendy Davis is trailing her main GOP rival but starts the race within shouting distance, according to a new poll.
Republican Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott leads Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, 29% to 21% in the survey, outside the poll's margin of error. But the race is clearly in the formative stage; half of those sampled were undecided.
Davis, 50, burst onto the national scene in June after leading a filibuster that temporarily stopped passage of strict abortion restrictions. Although the measure was later approved and was signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Perry, Davis raised more than a $1 million and built a nationwide network of supporters who urged her into the race.
Still, the contest promises to be an uphill struggle for her. Republicans have won more than 100 statewide elections in a row and no Democrat has been elected governor since 1990, when Ann Richards won.