The 2014 campaign is a mid-term race and historically voter turnout is low. That's important because the governor's race is wide open. For the first time since Ann Richards was elected an incumbent will not be on the ballot. Having new options could create a few political curveballs, which is exactly what the latest person to enter the race is counting on.
"I'm running for Governor," said Libertarian Kathie Glass.
Wednesday morning at the Driskill Hotel Glass joined the 2014 race Wednesday. In making her announcement, Glass claimed she is the only candidate willing to cut ties with the federal government.
"They're going to be cut one way or another, and I don't think it's too far down the road," said Glass.
For Glass, her campaign will be based on the word Nullification, which is the concept that a state has the right to reject federal law.
"I'm not talking about secession I'm talking about a return to Constitutional government," said Glass.
This is not her first rodeo, Glass was among those who challenged incumbent Rick Perry in 2010 but she received only 2 percent of the vote. Her re-boot includes an attack on the current two party systems in Texas.
"So I say this is our time," said Glass.
There appears to be an opening for a possible outside bid- according to the new Texas Lyceum poll. Republican Greg Abbott currently leads Democrat Wendy Davis 29% to 21%. Undecided, however, currently leads both at 50 percent.
"I think political independents are going to be the key to this, but trying to get them is very difficult," said Political analyst Brian Smith.
2014 may offer an opportunity for a third party or dark horse candidate to emerge, but Smith also says it's more likely a surprise, if any, will come from the political status quo.
"There is space within their own parties for their presumptive nominee to lose, and outsider candidate don't think will have the resources to have the access that one of the major party candidates has in Texas," said Smith.
If Kathie Glass is to prove Smith wrong, it won't be easy. State Senator Wendy Davis, who is expected to formally announce her bid on Thursday, has support from national donors and Democrat Party campaign strategist.
There is also a growing field of Republicans lead by Attorney General Greg Abbott. He's raised at least $20 million. His challengers include Larry Kilgore, who advocates a new Texas republic. Former TV personality Miriam Martinez as well as Tom Pauken, who was once the chairman of the State GOP. With an expected low voter turnout these campaigns could get intense.
"So the sense is, there are a lot of voters out there in the middle here in Texas who could be swayed to the other side, that could be, we don't know yet, that could be definitely moderate female voters, women voters who have been voting for republicans simply because the democrats haven't given them a good option," said Smith.
According to the Lyceum poll, Abbott and Davis are basically in a tie among women voters, at just over 20 percent each. The undecided voters continue to be the catch. Fifty-one percent of women in the survey say they have not yet made up their mind.
Despite Smith's assessment, candidates like Kathie Glass find hope in the new poll and refuse to be considered long shots. The focus for them is to convince undecided voters that they will be the best alternative on the 2014 ballot.