Davis reports $12 million campaign fund; Abbott has $27 million

Davis and Abbott

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Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott both filed the necessary paperwork to be candidates for Texas governor on November 9, 2013.

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by CHRIS TOMLINSON

Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 8:44 PM

AUSTIN (AP) — Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis has raised more than $12 million in her bid to become Texas governor, her campaign said Tuesday, but her Republican opponent has more than twice that total in his war chest.

Davis has raised about $11 million in the last six months, among her Senate account, her gubernatorial account and a political action committee formed with Battleground Texas. That group was formed to boost Democratic chances in Texas.

The campaign said it will report raising funds from 71,843 individual contributors. About 85 percent of the contributions were $50 or less.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he has raised more than $11.5 million for his gubernatorial bid. Abbott's campaign reported Tuesday that they had $27 million in cash on hand for their likely race against Democrat Wendy Davis.

Texas is the nation's second most populous and largest state, with 20 media markets. The 2014 campaign is expected to cost each about $40 million.

The state senator released her fundraising totals one day before required by law.

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