AUSTIN (KXAN) – Attorney General and candidate for governor Greg Abbott attempted to strengthen his lead by reaching out to women voters on Wednesday. He spoke in downtown Austin alongside former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina at a fundraising Women’s Lunch.
A recent Texas Lyceum poll showed Gen. Abbott and his opponent, state senator Wendy Davis, within the margin of error of each other among women. All other polls show Abbott with a large lead for both men and women. Abbott said his goals for governor include making sure women have an important role in Texas business.
“Texas is the greatest state in the nation and as your governor I will make it even better with Texas women leading the way,” he said in front of a clapping, conservative audience.
Protesters outside the hotel said otherwise. The group Planned Parenthood Texas Votes gathered supporters opposing Abbott and the recent abortion clinic closures brought on by last year’s HB 2. They say the attorney general’s actions have hurt women.
“We’re out here today to make sure Texans know what his actual record is on women’s issues,” said Tanene Allison from “Planned Parenthood Texas Votes.”