AG Abbott set to formally begin gubernatorial run

AG Abbott set to formally begin gubernatorial run

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Several hundred people gathered at a San Antonio park for an announcement by Attorney General Greg Abbott on July 14, 2013.

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by WILL WEISSERT / The Associated Press

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Posted on July 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 10:24 AM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Long-serving Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is set to kick off his 2014 campaign for governor with an event in San Antonio.

The Republican already has raised a formidable nearly $23 million. Gov. Rick Perry says he won’t seek a fourth full term—giving Abbott a clear road to the GOP nomination.

In office since 2002, Abbott is popular among mainstream Republicans and tea party activists. He brags about suing the federal government on Texas’ behalf 27 times under President Barack Obama.

The only other announced candidate is longshot and former Texas Republican Party Chairman Tom Pauken.

No Democrat has declared, though some have urged state Sen. Wendy Davis—famous for her filibuster to stall passage of sweeping new abortion limits in the state Legislature—to run.

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