Facing the first open race for Texas attorney general since 2002, three Republicans have launched campaigns that focus more on President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder than on each other as they strive to establish their conservative credentials in a match with no current front-runner.
The race to replace state Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor, features two legislators and a state commission chairman who have proven adept at fundraising, have gathered significant endorsements and have political advantages to tap.
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Attorney general race by the numbers
• Cash on hand: $4 million
• Twitter followers: 13,266
• Facebook likes: 58,443
• Law degree: 1983
• Age: 55
• Cash on hand: $1.6 million
• Twitter followers: 3,528
• Facebook likes: 18,274
• Law degree: 1991
• Age: 50
• Cash on hand: $1 million
• Twitter followers: 2,547
• Facebook likes: 23,607
• Law degree: 1984
• Age: 55