With Rick Perry retiring in 2014 after an unprecedented 14 years as Texas Governor, all eyes are on the race for Texas’ top elected official.
Gov. Perry hopes to pass the baton to Republican Greg Abbott, Attorney General for the state of Texas. Abbott has used his perch to aggressively challenge the Obama Administration on issues including Texas’ Voter ID laws and environmental regulations. Prior to that role, Abbott served as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court.
For Texas Democrats, not since Ann Richards has the star of a party official risen as fast or conspicuously as that of state Sen. Wendy Davis. Davis is considering either running for reelection to her Fort Worth Senate seat, or making a run for the Governor's office. Democrats across the state have gotten excited about a possible run at the top of the 2014 ticket, especially since the minority party doesn't have any candidates signed up to run for statewide office so far.