Greg Abbott Announces He’ll Run For Governor

Texas Greg Abbott, who bided his time until Rick Perry decided not to seek another term, announced Sunday he’s running for governor.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (File)

SAN ANTONIO (July 14, 2013)--Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott formally kicked off his 2014 campaign for governor Sunday with an announcement in San Antonio.

The well-known, well-financed and fierce social conservative said Sunday he wants to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, who earlier announced he won't seek a fourth full term.

Abbott has already raised nearly $23 million for the race.

Abbott has held office since 2002 and is popular among mainstream Republicans and tea party activists.

He has sued the federal government on Texas' behalf 27 times during the Obama administration.

The only other announced candidate from either party is ex-state Republican Party chairman Tom Pauken.

No Democratic candidate has emerged, though some have urged state Sen. Wendy Davis, D- Fort Worth, to run.

She stepped onto the national stage with her 12-plus-hour filibuster against sweeping new abortion limits during the Legislature's first special session.

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