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Davis, Abbott set go head to head for governor's seat

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It's expected to be a heated battle between Texas State Senator Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott leading up to the November elections.

Both are vying for support from the Hispanic population, which historically has had a low-voter turnout.

One day after their victories in the primary elections, Davis and Abbott are back at it again. Tuesday's polls show Davis took in almost 80 percent of the vote, and Abbott won more than 90 percent.

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"I stand for the values that offer the best opportunity for the Hispanic community and for all Texans going forward," said Abbott.

"I offer to the families, not just to people in the valley but people all over the state, what they're hoping to see in terms of a forward looking vision," said Davis.

As the eight months wind down, one issue Davis is focusing strongly on is moving education reform into the 21st century.

"Not just talking about what we need to do to invest in early childhood education, what we need to do to try to advance more of our students into the college arena, but also what we need to do to embrace innovation and technology and to make it a more vibrant part of the Texas learning experience," said Davis.

That is part of her final plank platform that she will soon be unveiling. As governor she says she plans to encourage schools to be innovative and reward them for doing so.

Abbott says he is focusing on several issues that will resonate with everyone. No matter the background, race, or gender he wants to help improve opportunities.

"I want to elevate the school system in the state of Texas to be the number one ranked school system in the entire country. Second is, I want to devote $4-to-5 billion more a year to building more roads in Texas without raising a single penny of taxes so we can get Texans moving. Third is, I will keep Texas number one in the country for creating jobs," said Abbott.

He says he plans to build upon his record of keeping the community safe. Both gubernatorial candidates know one thing for sure, winning over Hispanic voters can make a difference in the race.

"Greg Abbott has talked about those communities as being third world. I've gone to those communities and I've talked to them about what we're going to do in their future," said Davis.

"The values and ideals that I stand for are exactly the same as the Hispanic community. We all agree on faith, on family, on the free enterprise that allows you to go out and create your own job," said Abbott.

Davis spoke on several issues Wednesday in Austin during an education panel hosted by the South by Southwest Festival. This was her first stop after winning the Democratic nomination. It was a crowded room, which gave her a standing ovation as she walked in. Teachers and students attending the conference are hoping whoever is elected governor, will address some of the concerns they have.

"We are trying desperately to make sure the needs of our students are met, even though we have limited resources," said Nance Riffe, a high school teacher.

"It's a double-edge sword because I don't want to be in debt but I want to graduate from a school that's going to give me the career that I would like to pursue," said Willow Higgins, a high school student.

Abbott says his first stop as the Republican nominee for governor will be Thursday in South Texas.

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