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The battle for Texas: Davis, Abbott and the ground game

Protest at Wendy Davis Event
Protest at Wendy Davis Event

131 Days until the November General Election in Texas, specifically in Austin, and it is starting to get hot. While some of the heat may be from the Texas sun, it's also coming from both political parties. Republican and Democrats fighting it out through each of the States 254 counties trying to win every race they can from municipal and county to federal congressional seats. Both parties feel that they have a chance and are adapting to the new demographics and thus strategies are in place to win not only in 2014, but 2016 and 2020.

Wendy Davis Event in Austin
Reagan Peterson

And at the top of the ballot, the race for the Governor of Texas. The current Governor, Rick Perry, is retiring after 14 years on the job, making him one of the longest serving Governors in U.S. History. Due to the longevity of his career, Perry has had the opportunity to appoint at least one person to every eligible state office, board, or commission position.

With a noticeable booming economy in Texas, balanced budget, hip cities like Austin, and a State with plenty of resources, both political parties are determined to write the pages of history from their perspective. How do they accomplish this? By winning every political race that they can.

Last night, State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) celebrated the night a year ago that help her obtain a national spotlight after delivering a 13 hour pro-abortion rights filibuster on June 25, 2013. One year later, the Democratic machine is in place with a new outfit named Battleground Texas coupled with the Democrat nominee for Governor, Davis.

Yesterday, on a hot day in late June, the two sides battled in Austin. The Davis camp rolled out a six hour event filled with plenty elected officials from the Mayor of Austin Lee Leffingwell to other notable Democrats in the state.

The most interesting part of this race is the personalities and how they will be received by Texas voters, but the win will go to the campaign team that is able to get-out-the-vote, organize, and have a message that resonates with their constituency.

As guests arrived for that evening's celebration, a noticeable size of protesters were present representing the other side. Individuals with FBI shirts waved their signs to cars entering the facility and to anyone else who would notice. In April, allegations of corruption within the State brought about a Federal Investigation that is alleged to also have ties to Senator Davis.

While, Austin, is commonly known as the blue dot in a red state both sides seemed to be well represented. One inside with politicos, and guests, the other with Republican activists trying to bring attention to some of the criticisms of the Democratic nominee.

The current Republican nominee for Governor and active Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, thus far has a commanding lead in terms of resources and name recognition.

The Republican activists protesting seemed to range in age and overall demographics, there mission was to "show a Republican presence in the center of the blue dot in the red state of Texas," said one of the members of the group. The group contained citizen activists, members of FreedomWorks, and the local Republican Party all indirectly touting Greg Abbott as the candidate of ethics.

As Travis County Republican Chairman, James Dickey, pointed out, "The protests show that Senator Davis does not represent all Texans, all Austinites, or all women with her questionable influence-peddling deals, far-left views on unrestrained spending, and unlimited abortion as birth control. Greg Abbott's victory this Fall will show just how far her views are from those of mainstream Texas voters.”

With 131 days until the election, it seems the battle has only yet to begin.

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