HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott began his 2014 campaign for governor over the weekend.

Abbott who is a known social conservative stated in San Antonio that he wants to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, who has announced he will not seek a fourth full term. Abbott who made his declaration on Sunday for the Texas governor bid, has raised nearly $23 million and has also held office since 2002.

A noted and popular public figure with mainstream Republicans as well as tea party activists, Abbott has also sued the federal government on Texas’ behalf over two dozen times during the Obama administration.

At the time of this report, there has been no Democratic candidate emerging to run for governor of Texas though some have urged state Sen. Wendy Davis to run.

Davis gained fame and noteworthy support for her 12-plus-hour filibuster over sweeping new Texas abortion limits during the Legislature’s first special session.

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