AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is the Wild West of big-money, no-limit political giving. But the early cash hauls lassoed in the race to replace Gov. Rick Perry hint at a new kind of gold mine.
Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis finalized reports Wednesday that are expected to reveal a mix of donors small and large — including one giving $1 million to Davis.
As a result, both candidates have collected more than $11 million in the first six months of campaigning. That's a potential record-setting fundraising pace for a Texas gubernatorial election.
For Davis, a Fort Worth state senator, the largesse helps legitimize her longshot bid in fiercely conservative Texas. Abbott keeping pace with $11.5 million further swells the bankroll of the state's longtime attorney general, who now has $27 million.