Attorney General Abbott Campaigning In North Texas

DUNCANVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is wasting no time in beginning his official campaign to succeed Rick Perry as governor.

The well-financed and fierce social conservative will be in North Texas on Tuesday as part of his gubernatorial announcement tour. Abbott will be visiting what he calls his hometowns — Longview, Wichita Falls, and Duncanville. Abbott was born in Wichita Falls, but his family moved to Duncanville, where he graduated from high school in 1976.

At 1:00 p.m., he will be at Ben Franklin Apothecary, a family-owned drug store and pharmacy in downtown Duncanville on North Main Street.

Abbott, who is considered by many to be the overwhelming favorite to be the state’s next governor, has reportedly raised nearly $23 million.

Though no Democrats have declared their intention to run, many are pushing for Fort Worth State Senator Wendy Davis to run. Davis, who famously filibustered the new abortion bill, says she has not ruled out a bid for governor. She has reportedly raise nearly $1 million in campaign money in the past two weeks.

Republican Tom Paulken — a businessman, lawyer, and former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission — will oppose Abbott.

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