KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — Wendy Davis once stirred excitement among Democrats nationwide, but her quest to be the next Texas governor now appears to face insurmountable odds.

Davis has struggled against her popular and well-funded Republican opponent, state Attorney General Greg Abbott. So the question is no longer whether she can win. It's whether her likely defeat will reduce Davis to a spent political force.

The Fort Worth state senator built a national brand and showed more sizzle than most unsuccessful candidates.

But her challenge will be retaining enough notoriety to capitalize on her state's booming Hispanic population, which could eventually help Democrats eventually end a 20-year losing streak in statewide elections.

Since Davis is giving up her Senate seat, she could seek work at a think tank or on television.