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Candidates for governor seek to define each other

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Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - These are defining times in the Texas governor's race.

Republicans want you to think Wendy Davis is a liberal and unethical. Democrats want you to think Greg Abbott is an extremist who hates public schools.

Davis wants you to know she supports women's rights and public education. Abbott says he's for Second Amendment rights and low taxes.

The battle between now and the election on Nov. 4 will be over voters who haven't formed an opinion, and the campaigns are expected to spend more than $80 million to sway the undecideds.

Voters will be scoring the points over the next eight months as they decide for whom to cast their ballot. The campaigns are looking to define their opponent in a way that will permanently hobble them.

Chris Tomlinson is the AP's supervisory correspondent in Austin, responsible for state government and political reporting.

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