When Wendy Davis had a marathon 11 hour filibuster in the Texas Senate last year over Texas new Anti Abortion law she drew strong reactions from both the left and the right. She parlayed that success into a run for Governor in Texas and become a darling of the left nationwide. Championed as a defender of women’s bodies.
Even with all of the liberal media backing as well as millions of dollars of outside interest money she is having a rough time gaining real traction against the Republican Nominee Greg Abbott. The most recent internal polling of both Democrat leaning (8%) and republican (12%) show her far behind in what is still a solid red state.
She has faced an uphill battle that has been dogged by self inflicted scandals including divorcing her husband after he liquidated his 401k to pay for her law school, to the head of the Democratic Governors Association back in April when he suggested publicly that her race wasn’t competitive enough to be considered a top-tier priority. “We’re hopeful in Texas, but we all understand that Democrats haven’t won Texas in a long time,” DGA Chairman and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told reporters.
While she responded to Shumlin by calling him a “Washington Desk Jockey” and uninformed her biggest problem was that set the tone for the race and she has never been able to recover. Time and time again she has failed to make the race about her narrative and has allowed the Republicans to control the story line said Pete Hachett.
One thing that she has failed to realize in this race is that media hype does not translate to votes most of the time. It has been very frustrating for her backers that her “Star Power” that was bestowed upon her after the filibuster to her substantial battle chest of money for the election has left her right where she started. Behind.