Davis, Abbott file candidacy for governor's race amid protests


by KVUE.com / The Associated Press


Posted on November 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 12:19 AM

AUSTIN -- Both State Sen. Wendy Davis and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed their formal paperwork to be the 48th governor of Texas on Saturday.

Davis, a Democrat, filed her paperwork at UShip, an internet shipping company, in downtown Austin on Saturday.

Dozens of people were there to the gubernatorial candidate as she promised to focus her campaign on job creation.

"Texas made it possible for me to go from that tiny trailer to a successful business to the Texas State Senate, and I want every Texan to have the same opportunities," Davis said.

Davis also said she intends to create more jobs by promoting medical and research science, oil and gas production, technology and education.

Abbott filed his paperwork at the Texas Republican Party headquarters outside the Texas Capitol.

Volunteers and supporters listened as Abbott promised to fight government expansion.

"Repeatedly, people told me they want me to continue fighting back against the Obama administration," Abbott said.

Dozens of protestors chanted and held up signs outside the headquarters where Abbott filed his candidacy, holding up signs criticizing Abbott for supporting Texas' controversial abortion legislation.

According to the latest poll out of the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune, Abbott has a single digit lead over Davis.

Abbott is the most lushly financed candidate in the Republican field for governor that also includes former Texas party leader Tom Pauken. Abbott cites his efforts to fight government expansion as his campaign’s centerpiece.

Davis says she, too, is making job creation the focus of her campaign by promoting medical and research science, technology, oil and gas production and education.


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