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Wendy Davis Campaign Mgr abandons ship as poll shows 12-pt Abbott lead

Wendy Davis Campaign Mgr abandons ship as poll shows 12-pt Abbott lead

The Wendy Davis ship has been sinking ever since her personal narrative was revealed to be, at best, inventive.

The water level appears to have reached the deck, because her Campaign Manager has abandoned ship, as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wednesday:

State Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign for governor abruptly switched gears Wednesday as it struggles to meet the high expectations that supporters have for the Fort Worth Democrat.

As nationally known strategist Karin Johanson revealed that she is leaving the campaign, Davis announced that state Rep. Chris Turner — the No. 2 member of the House Democratic leadership — will lead her campaign in the final five months until Election Day.

“Chris has spent nearly 20 years in Texas politics and has fought, and won, tough races in this state,” Davis said in a statement. “His commitment to the people of Texas is unparalleled and demonstrated in his service in the state Legislature.”

This follows on the heels of the Davis’ Communications Director leaving in early May.

Even more bad news today for those still hoping Davis can mount a comeback. A new poll shows Greg Abbott maintaining a double-digit lead:

Republican Greg Abbott leads Democrat Wendy Davis by 12 percentage points in the race for governor, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

That result is close to the 11-point spread, also in Abbott’s favor, in the February UT/TT Poll. In this most recent survey, he maintained a 14-point lead among male voters and a 10-percentage point lead among female voters.

“Abbott remains strong and this, in a lot of ways, confirms the strategy that we’ve seen from his camp: Leave well enough alone,” said Jim Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin and co-director of the UT/TT Poll. “The Davis campaign seems to be not able to reverse the trend.”

You heard that right. Abbott holds a 10-point lead among women.

For how much longer will national Dems keep bailing water out of Davis’ sinking ship, and instead just head for the life boats?


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At this point the Democrats would do better nominating a death-row inmate than keeping their wagon hitched to Wendy Davis’ campaign.

Yah, Wendy “Mommy Dearest” never had a prayer.

She’s been reduced to talking racist crap, which is particularly pathetic when you look at prominent conservatives in Texas. We are pretty much living Dr. King’s dream.


How can it only be a 12 point lead? Isn’t that about what a generic race in Texas would come out?

The actual numbers show it 44-32 with 17% undecided and the rest for minor candidates. I don’t get that many undecided, but I suspect they will break to Abbott or stay home.

32% is about right for a candidate of Davis’ lack of qualifications. Of course, the same was true of Obama.

    DanInAustin in reply to Estragon. | June 13, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    The good part about it is that Abortion Barbie is such a bad candidate that large numbers on the left will stay home. It will cause problems for Democrats running for all offices.

      That is the sincere hope of all of us who live in standard liberal districts (like El Paso), where the Republicans often don’t even run candidates because it’s so embarrassing the small number of votes received.

      Personally I’m hoping for another “Wave” election like 2010. After that election, a good friend of mine who is a District Judge bemoaned the fact that Democrats who had been undefeated for 20 years and had huge name recognition were defeated by candidates who had literally run for the first time, had no community support and were all but unknown in their legal philosophy, beating the incumbent Democrat by 10 points or better.

      I mentioned to this Judge that the local area was one of the most “Conservative” Democrat districts (Pro-Gun, Catholic, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Tax) that I had ever lived in, and that largely explained the vote differential due to dissatisfaction with National Democrat Positions on those matters, and she looked at me like I had grown a second head.

All politicians are liars, and it’s a shame that the winners seem to be the best liars.

Bitterlyclinging | June 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

Interesting contrast between the Texan response to Davis’s lifestory inventions and Massachussetts response to Lizzie Warren’s. I wonder if one state’s electorate spends more time imbibing in drugs of recreational abuse than the other and goes to the polls to cast their ballots “Number and dumber” than the other state, or if the political climate, the people’s concept of what is right and what is wrong, what is acceptable personal behavior, simply gets ‘Shot to Hell’ once the people accept the premise of man marrying a man.