Before the state fundraising moratorium in December, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told donors that he would run for governor in 2014, according to a report by the ABC affiliate in Dallas. Republican Gov. Rick Perry has not yet revealed whether he will run for reelection. From WFAA:
Texas Republicans have long considered Abbott to be Perry's natural successor; the obvious question now is whether Abbott will have to wrest that mantle from the incumbent. Abbott would bring some of the same positives as Perry to a Republican primary. While Perry made a name for himself inveighing against the federal government, Abbott has taken the lead on that front over the past few years as the point man for Texas's struggle to implement its redistricting plan and its voter ID law, both of which were successfully opposed so far by the Justice Department and federal courts.
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