Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott of Texas is more popular among female voters than his Democratic opponent, state senator Wendy Davis, according to a new poll from PPP. The Democratic polling firm found 51 percent of Texas voters support Abbott while 37 percent support Davis. That's not surprising, since Texas is a solidly Republican state.
But Davis, who rose to fame last year by filibustering a bill in the Texas legislature that would restrict late-term abortions, isn't just losing among voters overall. Just 41 percent of women voters say they support Davis, with 49 percent saying they support Abbott. Abbott also has positive favorability among women voters (35 percent favorable, 27 percent unfavorable) while Davis is underwater on that metric with women (32 percent favorable, 46 percent unfavorable).
Texas voters also disapprove of Barack Obama's job as president, with 58 percent saying they disapprove and just 36 percent saying they approve. The numbers aren't much better for Obama with women voters (56 percent and 38 percent, respectively).
Abbott, the attorney general, recently told THE WEEKLY STANDARD in an interview why he thought Davis was not doing well in her race against him:
Abbott mostly ignores his opponent. In his primary night victory party in San Antonio, he doesn’t mention Davis at all. With some coaxing in our interview, he simply notes that she’s too liberal for Texas.
“After Senator Davis got into the race, she realized, wait a second, Texas is a little bit different than the narrow focus that she had,” he says. “As a conservative who has been involved in running the state of Texas for more than a decade, I know where Texans stand on issues. Where they stand is where I stand on issues.”