AUSTIN (KXAN) - Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott has a 8-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in a poll on next year's governor's race. But both trail "undecided" in the first match-up between the two.
Abbott comes in at 29 percent to 21 percent for Davis. However, at this very early stage “don’t know” comes out way ahead of both with 50 percent more than a year before the 2014 elections.
The poll by the service organization, Texas Lyceum, shows that the GOP retains its built-in advantage in statewide races. But it also shows that Abbott, now in his third term as Texas' top lawyer, does not appear to be widely known.
Perhaps worrisome for Davis, who is expected to formally announce plans on Thursday, is that Abbott holds a tiny lead among female voters in the race to replace Republican Gov. Rick Perry.
"Once again, the Republicans continue to dominate the ballot for governor and all legislative offices. Moreover, GOP candidates essentially split the female vote and win males by close to 20 points,” said professional pollster and University of Texas Professor Daron Shaw, who has conducted the Lyceum Poll for the past seven years.
“On the other side of the ledger, those Democrats hoping to turn the state blue in the short term might also take solace in the fact that more than half of the electorate isn't yet engaged with the 2014 elections,” Shaw said.
Davis, a Fort Worth state senator, gained statewide and national attention for her summer filibuster of legislation to restrict abortion rights in Texas.
The poll, conducted Sept. 6-20, has a 3.47-point error margin.
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