Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (File)
AUSTIN (July 11, 2013)—The state’s Long-serving Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who’s widely expected to run for governor in 2014, will make a "major announcement" Sunday, fueling speculation about a gubernatorial campaign.
Abbott Campaign spokesman Matt Hirsch told The Associated Press Thursday that the announcement will be made this weekend in San Antonio.
Hirsch refused to elaborate, but Abbott has long been expected to run to succeed the state’s longest-serving governor, Rick Perry.
He already has a formidable war chest of nearly $23 million.
Perry announced Monday he won't seek a fourth full term next year, making Abbott a clear favorite for the GOP nomination.
Abbott, 55, who’s served as attorney general since 2002, is popular among mainstream Republicans and tea party activists.
He brags about suing the federal government on Texas' behalf 27 times under President Barack Obama.