Texas Monthly said that there's better chance that water will run uphill than Wendy Davis beating Gregg Abbott. Dan Rather said that right now he wouldn't bet the trailer on it. Texas is a deep red state and 70% of registered voters are Republicans. An uphill battle for sure but I'm a bit more optimistic because the first poll after both declared candidacies had Abbott ahead by eight points 29-21. The number that stuck out like a sore thumb was the 50% undecided.
Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott is as far right as one can get. Dan Rather said Abbott makes Rick Perry look like a liberal and Ted Cruz like a moderate. His campaign has already called Wendy Davis the " gun hating abortion Barbie. " The Greg Abbott campaign has a lot of money, and they will use it to run one of the costliest and nastiest campaigns that Texas has seen in a very long while. Don't feel sorry for Wendy, because her campaign will have enough money to compete, and she's not a human piñata.
It's going to be a nasty election with the locals endlessly posting the latest negative material they find on the Internet. I was proud that the two representatives for the local Democrats, Laura Kinnison and Jane Bernal chose to give their reasons for voting for Wendy rather than to go after the opposition with negative remarks. Michael Cloud, chairman of the Victoria County GOP said " Wendy Davis has been recognized by independent sources as one of the most liberal senators in Texas. As opposed to a right wing tea party candidate? The GOP county chairman also said "she may do well to represent a party which seemed increasingly intent on advancing an agenda counter to principles found in our nation's Constitution." Republicans continue to think that they are the gatekeepers of the principles found in our nations constitution. Randy Mahoney asked " is Wendy Davis the best candidate that the Democrats can come up with? Seriously?" Yes and we'll see how well your Tea Party candidate does.
Wendy Davis will nationalize this campaign, and that will offset the millions the Abbott campaign has. Just this week, I've seen several positive stories about Wendy Davis on all the three major networks, CNN and MSNBC. Wendy Davis will continue to champion health care, education and women's rights but she has enough gravitas to ward off the sexists' remarks coming from her opponent. It's just a hunch, but Greg Abbott cannot help himself; he will eventually pull a Clayton Williams.
I can't wait for the first debate, where Greg Abbott will have to explain why he refuses the free federal money in the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. I'm going to love to hear his answer for improving our education system without increasing funds to it. Wendy Davis will let him take credit for our good job numbers, even thou it's due to our natural resources,because she will then make the argument that she will put that money to good use rather than give businesses more tax-cuts.
The governor's race will be a test on how far-right Texas is. Are there enough moderate Republican women and independents to squeak out a victory for Wendy Davis? I say this because her threshold is limited due to gerrymandering, voter suppression laws, and voter apathy.