2014-06-29T151726Z_1_LYNXMPEA5S0AC_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS-TEXAS

Wendy Davis tries to get Texas campaign for governor back on track

Battleground Texas headquarters is shown in AustinBy Jon Herskovitz DALLAS (Reuters) – For one day a year ago, Wendy Davis became the brightest star in the U.S. political universe when she donned pink tennis shoes and launched a one-woman, 10-hour filibuster against abortion restrictions that brought her international attention. Now she is battling to revive a seemingly stalled campaign to become the first Democratic Texas governor in more than 20 years by winning over frustrated Republicans and motivating enough voters who would otherwise spend election day at home to find a few minutes to vote. State Senator Davis, 51, came into the Texas Democratic convention in Dallas over the weekend with surveys showing her 10-13 percent points behind the Republican nominee, Attorney General Greg Abbott, 56, and failing to close ground. “I’m running because there’s a moderate majority that’s being ignored – commonsense, practical, hardworking Texans whose voices are being drowned out by insiders in Greg Abbott’s party, and it needs to stop,” she told the convention on Friday.

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