For Tweeting Candidates Like Abbott, a Campaign Risk

As his followers know, Attorney General Greg Abbott, widely considered the front-runner to be Texas' next governor, manages his own Twitter feed. It's not uncommon for him to use it to thank his supporters. 

But his appreciation for a supporter's tweet on Sunday night — one that called state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, an "idiot" and a "Retard Barbie" — has fast become the most controversial moment of Abbott's young gubernatorial bid. And it has highlighted the high-risk, high-reward proposition of letting candidates handle their own social media.     

The original tweet — "@GregAbbott_TX would absolutely demolish idiot @WendyDavisTexas in ...

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