David Yates Jan. 16, 2014, 3:57pm

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a major contender to become the Lone Star state's next governor, has disclosed the contents of his war chest, revealing the candidate has raised $27 million for his campaign.

On Jan. 15 Abbott for Governor reported that the attorney general finished 2013 with $27 million cash on hand.

From July 1 to Dec. 31, Abbott raised $11.5 million - an amount, however, surpassed by his Democratic rival, State Sen. Wendy Davis.

"They said it couldn't be done, but we raised $12.2M, $700,000 more than their $11.5, thanks to you," Davis tweeted this week.

According to the Texas Ethics Commission and Abbott for Governor, 97 percent of the attorney general's donors in the latest report came from Texas.

"This is a campaign by Texans, for Texans, and Greg Abbott is humbled and excited by the widespread support from across the state," said Wayne Hamilton, Abbott's campaign manager.

"Our campaign will continue to talk about and promote ideas to make Texas' education system number one in the nation, continue to grow jobs, limit the size and scope of government, and preserve individual freedom."

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