Republican Abbott reports raising $3.1M in January

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott talks with educators at KIPP: San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas. Abbott raised $11.5 million over three months, and Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis raised more than $12 million over the past six months, the campaigns reported Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott talks with educators at KIPP: San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas. Abbott raised $11.5 million over three months, and Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis raised more than $12 million over the past six months, the campaigns reported Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott says he raised more than $3.1 million last month in his run for Texas governor.

Abbott reported Monday that his January fundraising haul now gives him $29.4 million in total campaign cash. It’s a warchest that Abbott began stockpiling years ago while quietly building an anticipated run to replace Gov. Rick Perry.

That has given Abbott a commanding fundraising lead over Democrat Wendy Davis. The Fort Worth state senator last month reported raising $12.2 million since she catapulted to national stardom last summer with a nearly 13-hour filibuster over abortion restrictions.

The primary is March 4.

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