Texas high profile governor Rick Perry lost his bid for the 2012 Republican nomination for President and announced his retirement from politics last July, leaving one of the most powerful governor’s seats open in this year’s election.
The GOP candidate to replace Perry is Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Before winning the election for Attorney General in 2001, Abbott served on the Texas Supreme Court after being appointed by then Gov. George W. Bush in 1995. Abbott is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, even advertising for gun companies to move to his state along with gun owning residents of New York.
The Democratic candidate is Texas State Senator Wendy Davis. Davis rose to power with her claims of being a poor struggling teenager who pulled herself up and made something of her life. However, her biographical claims have been proven to be inaccurate, which seems to be a prevailing theme among Democrats like Barack Obama and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Now Davis may have another hurdle that hopefully will derail her bid for the governorship. Davis, a Democrat seems to be losing the support of Hispanics in the Lone Star state. In the recent primary election, Davis handily defeated her Democratic challenger Reynaldo Madrigal by a 79 percent to 21 percent margin. Of the 254 counties in the state, Davis lost only 26 of them to her opponent.
However, those 26 counties could be revealing a troubling trend for one Wendy Davis. These counties have large Hispanic populations which traditionally vote Democratic in most elections. Among these Hispanic counties, located in the lower Rio Grande Valley are Webb and Hidalgo, home to the largest US/Mexican border truck crossing site.
In the 2012 presidential election, Obama won 17 of the 26 counties that Davis lost in. Perhaps the most telling aspect of Davis’s primary losses is that she did not receive a single vote in 20 counties.
If you’re wondering why Davis is not garnering the Hispanic vote in southwestern Texas, some believe it has to do with her pro-abortion stance. While serving in the Texas State Senate, Davis gained national attention with her filibuster launched to block the vote on a bill that would outlaw abortions after the 20th week. The majority of Hispanics in the Texas area are Catholic and like their church are against abortions at any stage of pregnancy.
On the other hand, Republican Greg Abbott is strongly pro-life and his wife is Mexican. Hopefully these two factors will help Abbott win the Hispanic vote that Davis is losing when the general election comes around in November.