The Texas State Legislature is in session this week, and it’s a race for the ages, with two candidates vying for the Republican nomination to succeed former Gov.
One of those candidates is former state senator Wendy Davis, who is challenging Abbott in November.
What are the candidates saying about the Senate race in Texas?
We are getting a lot of flack from the right about the state senate race.
Abbott is saying the Senate should be nonpartisan, while Davis has been arguing that the state Senate is in the hands of Republicans and she’s trying to force change.
“We’ve got to get the Republicans out of office, we’ve got no hope in the Senate,” Davis told CNN on Monday.
The Texas Tribune is reporting that a poll from Austin-based Public Policy Polling shows that only 26% of registered voters support Davis, while 61% support Abbott.
This poll is not new.
The last poll we had was in May 2016, and the last time we had a survey in which the results were more evenly split was in the late 1990s.
That said, there is no denying the fact that there is a large gap between the two candidates.
Davis is an ardent conservative and an outspoken critic of abortion rights, with a record of supporting the anti-choice bill that led to Texas’ disastrous Roe v.
Wade Supreme Court decision.
Abbott is a moderate Democrat who has been in office for 20 years.
Davis is a Democrat who lost her bid for governor in 2014 and was replaced by Abbott.
In 2016, Davis ran on a platform of repealing the Affordable Care Act, but her opponent, former Gov and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, took a hard line on the state’s abortion laws.
When asked by CNN about the poll, Davis said she was not asking for anything in particular.
“I think that’s one of the major differences between us,” she said.
As for the polling, the poll was conducted by SurveyUSA, a polling firm that does polls with a wide range of questions.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3%.
According to a recent report by The Washington Post, Davis is ahead of Abbott by 8 points among likely voters in the upcoming election, while Abbott is trailing by 1 point among likely GOP voters.
However, a new poll by the Austin American-Statesman finds that Davis is in a dead heat with Abbott, with Abbott at 44% to Davis’s 43%.
Davis, a member of the Texas House for 23 years, has also endorsed former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley for President-elect Donald Trump, calling Haley a “fighter for the values that I believe in.”
On Monday, the two also met at a rally in Austin.
According a statement from Davis’s campaign, “We are excited to have Wendy Davis on stage again, with our campaign’s message of economic growth and opportunity for all Texans.”
The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
We will update this post if we hear back.