Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, 55, is expected to formally announce in San Antonio on Sunday that he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor, 1200 WOAI News reports.
Abbott's announcement comes less than a week after fellow Republican Rick Perry announced he will not seek re-election.
Mark P. Jones, a political analyst at Rice University, tells 1200 WOAI news that Abbott enters the race the clear favorite.
"The chances of any Democrat against Greg Abbott are less than zero," Jones said.
Abbott is a conservative who has remained popular with the social and evangelical Republicans and Tea Party members who largely decide the winners of Republican primaries, by aggressively fighting Obama Administration policy.
Abbott has filed 27 lawsuits against the Obama Administration, over everything from EPA emissions regulations to Obamacare.
Jones says Abbott will actually be a stronger candidate than Perry would have been.
"Greg Abbott is a stronger candidate against any Democrat against Rick Perry because he doesn't have the baggage that Rick Perry had," Jones said.
Abbott certainly has enough money in the bank to make an aggressive run in this big state. The Abbott campaign announced just yesterday that it raised $4.78 million in the filing period that ended June 30, the largest amount ever raised by any candidate for any office in the fundraising period which follows a Legislative session.
Under Texas law, candidates are not allowed to fundraise when the Legislature is in session.
The only other announced candidate in the race right now is Republican Tom Pauken, a former Reagan Administration staffer and former Chair of the Texas Republican Party.
Abbott will bring an unusual element to the race. He is a paraplegic and he will campaign from a wheelchair. Abbott broke his back when a tree fell on him while he was jogging as a young lawyer in Houston back in the 1980s.