State Sen. Wendy Davis, who has been consistently behind by double digits in the polls behind her Republican opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott, is a decided underdog in the Texas governor’s race. Nevertheless she has expressed confidence that she will win the contest, according to a Monday story in the Houston Chronicle. “I want it to be remembered as the biggest political upset in Texas history,” she stated. She pointed to a slight Democratic advantage in early voting as evidence for her confidence.
Statistician and journalist Nate Silver is not so optimistic about Davis’ chances. He only gives her a .06 chance of being elected governor of Texas, according to Breitbart News. That and other predictions have led to a joke going around twitter that states that the media has already called the election for Abbott.
Davis, who first won national fame for a filibuster she conducted against a late term abortion bill, was once considered the best hope Democrats had in 20 years of retaking the Texas statehouse. However, a series of missteps as well as a stubborn tendency of Texas voters toward conservative have stymied Davis’ quest for statewide office. Most prognosticators confidently predict that Abbott will beat Davis by a landslide, retaining the decades-long hold Republicans have on the governors’ office.
Davis’ future, if any, in politics is unclear. Speculation abounds that she might parlay her doomed quest for statewide office and her popularity with American liberals into a media career, perhaps as a talking head at one of the cable news networks. She would join a large group of former politicians who have carved out second careers giving their opinions on television.