AUSTIN (KXAN) - Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis gained stature as a result of last week's filibuster, but would still trail Gov. Rick Perry in a head-to-head match, a new poll finds.
Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat who led the charge to derail legislation to impose stricter abortion regulations, is viewed favorably by nearly four in 10 Texans, the survey released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling shows. But the same survey shows she would start far behind Perry in a race for governor next year.
Perry has not yet said whether he plans to seek a fourth term.
But the Republican incumbent did see his own favorability rise during the first half of 2013, though 50 percent of Texas disapprove of his performance. Still, that would matter little if he and Davis were their parties' nominees for governor.
Perry would beat Davis 53 percent to 39 percent, the polling showed. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and former Houston Mayor Bill White -- Perry's 2010 foe -- would fare better in the race, the poll shows. No Democrat has officially declared an intention to run.
PPP surveyed 500 Texas voters through automatic phone interviews starting Friday and ending Monday. The survey, not paid for by any political entity, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
Perry leads potential GOP challenger Greg Abbott, currently the Texas attorney general, among would-be primary voters 46-34.
But all of the news is not good for the long-serving governor.
"Texans have still had enough of Perry," PPP said on its website. "Only 30 percent want him to seek another term, compared to 60 percent who think he should step aside. But for now at least it looks like he's strong enough to slip through a primary, and if he's able to do that Texas' Republican lean would likely get him elected to his fourth term."
An 8-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Leander ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state. Their latest demographic report shows a shift in the type of families moving into the district.
University of Texas System regents say they're planning to discuss the employment of Austin campus President Bill Powers, who has sparred with lawmakers and critics over his job in recent years.
Two people were robbed at gunpoint at an East Austin apartment complex Monday evening.
Because of her position as Travis County District Attorney, the deputies who arrested, booked, and restrained Rosemary Lehmberg last April admit they were worried her threats were legitimate.
In a last-minute surprise late Monday, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman filed paperwork to challenge fellow Texas Republican and powerful incumbent John Cornyn for the U.S. Senate next year.