Texas AG Abbott has $12M in campaign war chest

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 17 at 6:06 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ended last year with more than $12 million in his political war chest, considerable funds he could use to run for governor in 2014.

Abbott said in a filing with the Texas Ethics Commission on Tuesday that he raised more than $2 million between July and December of 2011. That brought his campaign coffers to nearly $12.04 million.

The Republican is often mentioned as a possible successor to Gov. Rick Perry, who was elected to his third full term in 2010 but whose campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is now struggling to stay afloat.

Abbott is a former Texas Supreme Court justice who has been attorney general since 2002. He didn't face a serious re-election challenge in 2010, allowing him to stockpile campaign funds.

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