Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Setting Fundraising Records

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AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Attorney General and Republican Greg Abbott has a massive amount of cash on hand, a little more than four months before the election for Texas governor.

According to fundraising numbers for the period ending on June 30, Abbott has $35.59 million dollars in cash on hand for his campaign.  It is the highest amount of cash on hand reported by a Texas candidate, according to a statement released by his campaign.

Meanwhile, Democrat Wendy Davis reports having $13.1 million in cash on hand.  The Fort Worth state senator Tuesday reported raising $27 million over the past year, which is about a million more money than Bill White did in 2010.

Her campaign counts more than 140,000 contributors since her star-making filibuster last summer in the Texas Capitol over new abortion restrictions.

White raised more than $26 million as the Democratic nominee four years ago but still lost by double-digits to Gov. Rick Perry.

Davis is a similar underdog against Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott.  Since January 1st of this year, his campaign has raised $16.6 million, with 95 percent of it coming from within Texas.

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