Wendy Davis going beyond Texas for campaign bucks

File - In this March 4, 2014 file photo, Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, pauses as she speaks to supporters at her campaign headquarters, in Fort Worth, Texas. Davis announced Wednesday, June 11, 2014 that Karin Johanson who has managed Davis’ underdog bid for Texas governor has left the campaign and will be replaced by Arlington state Rep. Chris Turner. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
File - In this March 4, 2014 file photo, Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, pauses as she speaks to supporters at her campaign headquarters, in Fort Worth, Texas. Davis announced Wednesday, June 11, 2014 that Karin Johanson who has managed Davis’ underdog bid for Texas governor has left the campaign and will be replaced by Arlington state Rep. Chris Turner. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis is raising money coast-to-coast in her run for Texas governor while trying to close the gap her against heavily favored Republican Greg Abbott.

Davis has been a fundraising dynamo since her nearly 13-hour filibuster over abortion restrictions last summer. Her campaign claims a whopping 133,000 donors and at least $16 million in contributions.

That has the Fort Worth state lawmaker keeping pace with Abbott, who has made an issue of her far-flung donors. More than one in every four dollars to Davis has come from out of state — a fundraising reach that few Texas Democrats have ever pulled off.

But it’s unclear whether the cash will be enough to help Davis stay competitive. Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to a statewide office in 20 years.

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