FILE - In this June 27, 2013 file photo, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott delivers comments at the 43rd Annual National Right To Life Convention in Grapevine, Texas. For Republicans eager to lead ... more 
FILE - In this June 27, 2013 file photo, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott delivers comments at the 43rd Annual National Right To Life Convention in Grapevine, Texas. For Republicans eager to lead Texas after Gov. Rick Perry finally steps aside in 2014, there’s one easy way to describe their campaign blunders so far: Oops. Abbott, the early favorite to replace Perry, thanked a supporter who tweeted that likely Democratic challenger Wendy Davis was a “retard Barbie.” Top Abbott strategist Dave Carney, who ran Perry’s failed White House bid in 2012, himself tweeted the headline of an article that said Davis was “too stupid” to be governor. Unforced errors by GOP front-runners to replace Gov. Rick Perry, when he steps aside in 2014 have given Texas Democrats, a little hope in winning a statewide office for the first time in 20 years. But as they wait for Davis’ expected Oct. 3 announcement that she will run, they’re left without a candidate to pounce on their rivals’ missteps. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Tony Gutierrez
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