Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will make a "major announcement" Sunday in San Antonio, fueling speculation among fellow Republicans that he is ready to formally kick off a campaign for governor.
Abbott campaign spokesman Matt Hirsch told The Associated Press on Thursday that the announcement was coming but refused to divulge exactly what Abbott's plans were.
Still, it's no secret Abbott will be looking to take up the conservative mantle Rick Perry will leave behind by not seeking fourth full term in office.
Perry has been governor longer than anyone in Texas history but announced Monday that he was not running again. That clears the way for Abbott to cruise to the Republican nomination in primaries now set for March.
Abbott, who already has raised nearly $23 million in campaign funds, has been attorney general since December 2002. He is popular with mainstream Republicans but also fiscal and social conservatives and tea party grassroots activists.
Championing a populist campaign style, Abbott loves to brag about suing the federal government on Texas' behalf 27 times under President Barack Obama. He has claimed the state has suffered from federal overreach on everything from environmental regulations to voting rules to Obama's signature health care reform law.
The only other announced gubernatorial candidate is ex-state Republican Party Chairman Tom Pauken.
No Democratic candidate has yet emerged, though some have urged a run from state Sen. Wendy Davis, who became famous for her 12-plus hour filibuster to stall sweeping new limits on abortion.
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