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Just How Poorly Did Wendy Davis Do Last Night?

Inside newsrooms, Wendy Davis couldn’t be more popular. But with Texas voters, even after massive outreach efforts, Wendy Davis is struggling.

The same media that lavishly praised Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (Did you see those shoes! No! Don’t worry! We won’t mention late-term abortion if you don’t!) probably is not the one to give any good analysis of last night’s primary results in Texas.

But Davis critic Will Franklin notes something of interest:

The Texas Democrats’ primary performance Tuesday was an unmitigated disaster, and the performance of Wendy Davis was particularly abysmal.

At last count, with 8,742 of 8,745 (99.97%) reporting, Wendy Davis had just 432,025 votes, or 79.05% of the primary vote in a two-person race. All told, 546,480 Democrats voted in the 2014 primary.

Failure, in other words.

David Hawkings at Roll Call says that Davis’ problem is, somehow, that she’s just so gosh-darn popular. But Rasmussen, which is out with its first poll on the race, suggests that Davis’ popularity isn’t as big outside of newsrooms. As in, she’s underwater on the likeability question:

Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott leads Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis by 12 points in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the 2014 Texas gubernatorial race.

The Texas Tribune picks up on the fact that Davis did remarkably poorly in border counties. As in, she lost them:

Davis’ organizing efforts, and those of Battleground Texas, have focused on mobilizing the state’s growing Hispanic population, with an added emphasis on registering new voters to boost turnout. Davis’ campaign has also continued to attack Abbott for a statement he made on the campaign trail comparing corruption in South Texas to “third world country practices.”

Here’s a map showing Wendy Davis’ showing and another map showing which counties President Obama won in 2012. She actually lost many of the counties that Obama won:

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