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Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott are heading into the closing months of the 2014 Texas governor's race. What needs a fact check? (Associated Press photos).

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Greg Abbott was "charged with overseeing the state cancer research fund. But he let his wealthiest donors take tens of millions of taxpayer dollars without proper oversight. They showered Abbott with gifts and free vacations."

At "least a quarter of those apprehended" at the border "have criminal records."

"Russia has more diversity in its governmental representation than we do in Texas."

"The growth rate of women-owned businesses in Texas has nearly doubled that of the nation since President Obama has taken office."

Says drug cartels are using social media to offer rebates so more children from Central America get smuggled to the United States.

"The majority of Austinites rent" the places they live.

Texas prosecutor Rosemary Lehmberg purchased "72 bottles of vodka in just one store alone, in just over a year."

Under Rosemary Lehmberg, the "Travis County D.A.’s office" convened the grand jury that indicted Rick Perry.

Says Ted Cruz "was just bribed by the Kochs to introduce a bill that would give them and their allies America’s national forests, parks, and other public lands and open them for mining, drilling, fracking and logging."

Congress is "on a five-week vacation."

Says that, as a Supreme Court justice, Greg Abbott found that a company whose vacuum cleaners were sold door to door "had no responsibility" in the hiring of a salesman who raped a customer.

"We have less crime in the (Rio Grande) Valley than we do in other major Texas cities."

Austin mayoral candidate "Mike Martinez takes corporate money."

San Antonio is "now the largest city in the United States ever to have an African American woman mayor."

The United States is at "historic record highs" of individuals being apprehended on the border from countries with terrorist ties such as "Pakistan or Afghanistan or Syria."

"We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush."

Says three Ukrainians recently captured on a West Texas ranch are among "individuals from countries that have strong terrorist ties being apprehended" near the state’s border with Mexico.

Because of the current immigration crisis, Republicans want to "repeal" a 2008 law that President George W. Bush signed and "want to be on record as not wanting to protect children from ... sex trafficking."    

Says John Cornyn dodged the draft during the Vietnam War.

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