FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Before the polls close at 7 p.m., the two candidates for the top political office in Texas reminded people to get out the vote.
From the moment Republican Greg Abbott entered the race last year, it’s been his to lose. Abbott came into the race with a fundraising advantage over Davis and nearly $20 million dollars in the bank. As the election comes to a close, Abbott is leading Democrat Wendy Davis by an average of 15 points in the polls.
On the day before Election Day, he made one last round of campaign stops to Dallas, Houston, and Austin to urge people to get to the polls and vote despite the rain.
While Abbott enjoys a sizable lead in the polls, he reminded voters that what happens today is what counts.
“We’re concerned about people staying home. We’re concerned about people looking at the polls and thinking the race is over. Let me tell you, the race is not over until the polls close,” he said.
He also attributed his lead in the polls to the way he has run his campaign.
“During the course of the campaign, I have cast a vision for what I want to achieve for the state of Texas: keeping Texas #1 for jobs, making it #1 for education, securing our border whereas my opponent has focused on me,” he said.
Abbott will wait for the results at his campaign headquarters in Austin. Meanwhile, Wendy Davis will wait for returns in her hometown of Fort Worth.
Davis says she’s aiming to pull off the “biggest political upset in Texas history,” and has called the polls “wildly inaccurate.”
Speaking to supporters at her Fort Worth headquarters, she talked about the campaign’s accomplishments – namely, raising more money than any other Democratic ever in a statewide Texas race.
She also focused on education, one of her biggest issues.
“On this last day I can’t help but be a bit emotional about that. We’re all fighting for something that matters so very, very much — our children. They’re depending on us to fight for them,” she said.
One statistical look at the race, gave Wendy Davis about a 1 percent chance of winning. The bigger question tonight may not be if she wins, but how close she comes and what all that means for the future of the Democratic Party in Texas.
If Davis can get more than 42% of the vote, it would be the best showing by a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in two decades.
Right now, that would be a more realistic goal. But Davis and supporters are still aiming to win the race.
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