Speed Reads

2014 midterms

Greg Abbott beats Wendy Davis in Texas gubernatorial race

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) is projected to win in a landslide over Democrat Wendy Davis in the state's gubernatorial election. The Associated Press and others called the race as soon as polls closed.

Abbott will become Texas' first new governor in 14 years. Sitting Gov. Rick Perry (R) assumed office when George W. Bush left for the White House, then proceeded to win three re-election bids.

Democrats had high hopes that Davis, who rose to national prominence after filibustering a controversial abortion bill, could pull off an election stunner. But her campaign fizzled amid numerous missteps, and she never posed a serious threat to Abbott.