The Brief: Top Texas News for Jan. 16, 2013

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New fundraising numbers have sparked another round of speculation about the state's 2014 political battles.

According to campaign filings released Tuesday, Attorney General Greg Abbott raised $4.1 million in the second half of 2012, narrowly edging out Gov. Rick Perry, who raised $3.5 million during the same period.

But the real intrigue came in the cash-on-hand totals that each reported: $6 million for Perry, and a whopping $18 million for Abbott.

The considerable sum has spurred more talk of Abbott's long-rumored gubernatorial ambitions. As Jim Henson, a Tribune pollster and director of ...

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