State Sen. Wendy Davis, vying to become the first Democratic governor elected in Texas since 1990, raised $8.7 million during the second half of 2013. A separate joint effort between her campaign and the Battleground Texas organizing group raised another $3.5 million.
Davis’ finances trail those of her likely Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, who raised $11.5 million during the last six months and started this year with $27 million in cash. Davis did not disclose her cash on hand.
The Davis campaign said more than 71,000 people had contributed with 85 percent of donations in checks of $50 or less. While Davis has raised money at events in New York, San Francisco and Washington since announcing her candidacy in October, Abbott said 97 percent of his donations came from Texas. Abbott, the state’s attorney general, didn’t disclose how many people contributed to his campaign.
Davis’s donations included $3.5 million through the Texas Victory Committee Inc., which includes her campaign and Battleground Texas, a national organizing effort aimed at electing Democrats. Battleground Texas separately raised $1.8 million, according to Davis.
“Senator Davis has rocketed past the credibility threshold for her candidacy,” Gilberto Hinojosa, chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, said in an e-mailed statement.
Davis needs more than $30 million to run a competitive race, Matt Angle, a Fort Worth political consultant and a strategist for the Davis campaign, said in an interview last month.
Official campaign finance reports for the second half of 2013 are due at the Texas Ethics Commission by midnight Jan. 15.
Rick Perry, the state’s governor since 2000, is not running for re-election as he considers a possible bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2016.