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October 3, 2013

Wendy Davis Loved by Liberals from Liberal Bastions

"Leading donor states tend to be the ones Texans see as liberal bastions."

In Texas, campaign fundraising details from June 17th through August 5th for individuals seeking statewide office are now available.

Recently released campaign finance reports shed some light on just how much money was raised and where it came from, following Texas’ regular every-other-year legislative session and during the two called special sessions.

For Wendy Davis, her infamous– and ultimately unsuccessful– filibuster to defend late term abortion and prevent common sense health and safety measures from applying to abortion clinics made her an overnight star in far-left activist circles. Wendymania swept through the media, and the pro-abortion celebrity was suddenly able to raise ballyhooed sums of campaign cash.

But where did Wendy’s money come from? As Christy Hoppe of the Dallas Morning News reported, “The leading donor states tend to be the ones Texans see as liberal bastions.”

States like California, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, and Illinois, in other words. Indeed, 57% of Wendy Davis’ donors were from outside Texas, while only 43% came from within the Lone Star State.

During the final two weeks of June, when you couldn’t turn on MSNBC without seeing Wendy Davis, only 32% of her donors were from inside Texas. More than two-thirds, 68%, were from other states– mostly deep blue ones:

More than 2/3 of her filibuster donors were from outside of Texas.

Wendy Davis: more popular outside of Texas than in.

Wendy Davis even managed to get liberal U.S. Senators like Barbara Boxer (D-California) and Al Franken (D-Minnesota), plus former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) to attend one of her D.C. fundraisers in July.

The lack of actual support for Wendy Davis from within Texas shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been paying attention. The indicators have been there all along. When the #StandWithWendy Tweetstorm was blowing up Twitter, only just over a quarter of the tweets were actually even from inside Texas, while an astounding 71.3% were from outside the Lone Star State:

Only a little more than a quarter of Wendy Davis Tweets came from inside her own state.

Wendy Davis Tweets originated mostly outside of Texas.

Indeed, supportive tweets from Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi drove much of the out-of-state surge, despite the relative lack of interest inside Texas.

A pattern emerges.

More than two-thirds of tweets about Wendy Davis were from outside of Texas. More than two-thirds of campaign contributions to Wendy Davis were from outside of Texas. Is the plan to also get two-thirds of her votes for Governor from outside of Texas?