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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/ AP) — A teary-eyed Wendy Davis has told her supporters that it’s OK to be disappointed, but not discouraged, by her loss in the governor’s race.

The Texas state senator lost Tuesday by a decisive margin to Attorney General Greg Abbott, part of Texas Republicans’ sweep of top statewide offices.

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Speaking in Fort Worth, Davis called on Democrats to keep fighting for their values and candidates. She thanked her supporters for never backing down.

“Tonight, I know that you are disappointed and being disappointed is ok, but being discouraged is not because what we have is an opportunity to make this state,” Davis reminded voters.

“[We] Prove to the world, this was never about Davis or Abbott. It is about each and every one of you.”

Davis vaulted to national prominence thanks to her filibuster of a tough abortion restrictions law last year, and her campaign raised tens of millions of dollars statewide and nationally.

But she was considered a heavy underdog to Abbott in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office in 20 years.

Davis urged her supporters to continue fighting for what they believe in.

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