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Wendy Davis criticizes Greg Abbott's education plan at convention

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Republicans still hold double-digit leads in several November Texas matchups, including the governor's race.

A new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Greg Abbott with a 51 to 37 lead over Democratic rival Wendy Davis.

Davis has been outpacing Abbott in fundraising over recent months, but he still holds three times the amount of campaign cash overall.

One of the hottest topics in the governor's race lately has been education, and on Tuesday, Davis slammed Abbott's education plan in front of hundreds of retired teachers.

Davis spoke about her plans for keeping education a priority throughout the state and did not hold back from criticizing Abbott's plan.

"In [Abbott's plan] is more standardized testing, but this time for 4-year-olds," said Davis. "…At a time when parents and teachers and administrators are calling for relief of over-testing, he is calling for even more."

Abbott's office, however, says Davis is wrong.

"Sen. Davis will say anything at this point to avoid talking about her ethical problems and lining her pockets at the taxpayers' expense, including mischaracterizing Greg Abbott's education plan," said a spokesperson for Abbott, in a statement. "Greg Abbott's plan does not impose standardized testing, and it removes the mandates from Austin and gives genuine local control and flexibility to school districts to achieve the gold-standard for pre-K."

Those ethical problems, according to Abbott's office, surround Davis' involvement with NTTA.

Her law firm reportedly worked for the agency, fighting to collect unpaid tolls, all while Davis was seeking federal money in the legislature for an NTTA project that her firm also handled. 

"Talking about you voting on bills that aided some of your clients, can you talk about that a little bit" FOX 4 asked Davis on Tuesday.

"I was pleased to vote on a bill that was in favor of and protective of my constituents and not at all in favor of NTTA," said Davis.

SMU political science professor Cal Jillson says Davis' actions aren't illegal.

"The fact that she was doing two NTAA [sic] things in close proximity to each other, doesn't mean conflict of interest," said Jillson.

Davis has said in the past that she will cut ties with the firm if she is elected governor.

When it to education, that's expected to remain a big topic for both Davis and Abbott this election season.

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