2014-02-24T203949Z_1_CBREA1N1LEF00_RTROPTP_2_USA-ABORTION-TEXAS

Republican Abbott widens lead in Texas governor's race over Davis

Texas Attorney General Abbott speaks during an anti-abortion rally at the State Capitol in AustinBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Republican front-runner in the race for Texas governor, Greg Abbott, has increased his lead over likely Democratic rival Wendy Davis, according to a poll released on Monday. State Attorney General Abbott has an 11-percentage-point lead over State Senator Davis, the poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune found. That was a wider lead than the six-point edge Abbott held in a November poll. Davis enjoyed an early boost last year following a marathon filibuster against proposed state abortion restrictions, but the more recent figures suggest a tough road ahead for her in Republican-dominated Texas, where Democrats have not won a statewide race since 1994.

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