The PJ Tatler

Pretending Wendy Davis Is A Thing

Sure, let’s go with that.

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is running just 6 percentage points behind state Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) in the 2014 governor’s race, according to an online University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday.

Davis’ name recognition has jumped significantly since she made national headlines with an 11-hour filibuster against an anti-abortion bill in late June. In a poll taken earlier that month, 58 percent of Texas voters didn’t know her or had no opinion of her. In the most recent poll, that number is down to just 16 percent.

Opinions of Davis, the only Democratic gubernatorial candidate so far, are deeply divided, with 37 percent of Texas voters viewing her favorably, 31 percent unfavorably and 16 percent neutral.

Abbott, the leading Republican candidate, is more positively rated, with 36 percent viewing him favorably, 24 percent unfavorably and 23 percent neutral. Eighteen percent didn’t know him or had no opinion.

They can drink all they want over there in the Abortion Barbie Dream House but if they think the large number of undecided voters in Texas are going to break Democrat the hangover may be incurable.