DALLAS — It's all about the money as Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott — the two top contenders to replace Texas Gov. Rick Perry — reveal exactly how much is in their campaign coffers.
From July through the end of last year, the campaign of Davis, a Democratic state senator, said it raised $12.2 million. Republicans are contesting $3.5 million of that, saying Davis has to share that with a wider "get out the vote" effort.
But Democrats say the strong numbers are a sign of things to come.
"To be able to raise $12 million in a short period of time — and you still have about 10 months before the election — that says that she's going to have the ability to mount a very viable campaign," said Democratic State Sen. Royce West.
Attorney Gen. Greg Abbott's campaign also released fundraising totals over the same six months at the end of last year. Over that period, the Republican raised $11.5 million, but the Abbott campaign says it has millions more cash on hand.
"This is more money than a lot of people thought a Democrat could raise in Texas," said Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy. "It's still not anywhere near as much money as Greg Abbott has, or as much money as it would take to be a Republican."
The Abbott campaign says 97 percent of its total over the last six months came from sources in the State of Texas. We don't have a percentage from the Davis campaign, but really, we can't yet verify where either side's money is coming from.
Neither camp has submitted its campaign finance reports; those are due to the state on Wednesday.