Texas state Senator Wendy Davis' newfound fame has brought with it a tangible benefit. Between June 17 and June 30, Davis reeled in nearly $1 million in contributions—almost a quarter of the entirety of what she raised for her 2012 reelection. Unfortunately for her bigger ambitions, it's also one-fifth of what was raised by the likely Republican candidate for governor.
The Davis haul, reported at $933,000 by the Texas Tribune, is a healthy sum, comparisons aside. Particularly when you consider that the fundraising period only includes a few days' worth of her new celebrity; her filibuster on Texas' anti-abortion legislation was on the 25th. How she does in the next filing period may be a better guide to the enthusiasm her stand generated—and how she does once attention fades will be a better guide still.
If Davis were to run for governor, as it was suggested she do , her likely opponent is basically set. The state's current attorney general, Greg Abbott, raised $4.8 million during the same period, again according to the Texas Tribune. Abbott, who was paralyzed after a tree fell on him 26 years ago, officially announced his candidacy over the weekend.