Attorney General Abbott says he raised almost $5M

July 11, 2013 2:01:50 AM PDT
Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is widely expected to run for governor, says he raised a record $4.7-plus million in the last two weeks of June.

The Republican already had a war chest of $18 million. But Abbott Finance Director Sarah Whitley said on a podcast Wednesday that 2,100 people made donations during the two-week window before the end of the latest fundraising period June 30.

Officeholders were prohibited from raising money during most of the period because of the Legislative session.

Whitley said: "We broke all records in the history of Texas" for statewide officeholders after the session.

Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday he won't seek a fourth full term in office next year.

Abbott hasn't declared his candidacy, but has made no secret he'd like to be governor.

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