Wendy Davis Raises Over $12 Million for Texas Gubernatorial Bid

Her opponent, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, adds $11.5 million to his already large pot

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In front of a cheering crowd, Wendy Davis formally announces her run to be Texas' next governor on Thursday, October 3, 2013, in Haltom City, Texas

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis reported Tuesday that she raised over $12.2 million for her campaign for governor.

Much of Davis’ fundraising came in small doses. 84,704 contributions of $50 or less accounted for 85 percent of all donations, according to a press release.

Davis entered the national spotlight in June by filibustering an abortion bill in Texas.

She faces an uphill battle against Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who started the race with $20 million already in his back pocket and announced Tuesday that he’s added another $11.5 million to that treasure chest. A Democrat has not won statewide office in Texas in 20 years, and the last Democrat to be elected governor was Ann Richards in 1990.

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