AUSTIN (KXAN) — Polling has Republicans in the lead in both the governor and lieutenant governor’s races, as Democrats are trying to win statewide office for the first time in about two decades.
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is staying confident.
“The reason that I am where I am today is because I am an eternal optimist and I will tell you with great optimism that I’m not going to lose this election,” State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democrat running for governor, said at the Texas Tribune Festival.
Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Leticia Van de Putte said she could not win the election with out increased Latino turnout. She also talked about the current campaign.
“We’ve just begun our media. Our commercials are up in Houston, San Antonio and the Valley,” said Van de Putte.
Attorney General Abbott spoke at a debate in the Rio Grande Valley the night before the Tribune Festival, an organizer says he declined the festival’s invitation.
“Now Texas is already great, but I am running for governor to make it even better. Texas is number one in the nation for creating jobs,” Abbott said during the debate.
Republican candidate for governor Dan Patrick also spoke at the festival. He denied accusations that he is waiting out the campaign to avoid making a mistake, calling the claim “ridiculous”.
“I’ve had over 1,300 plus meetings with groups and individuals around the state,” Patrick said.