The Texas Democratic Party is holding their convention this weekend in Dallas, and the party is using it to try and gain some ground on state Republicans like Attorney General Greg Abbott.

They'll do so by having the state's top two Democrats, State Senators Wendy Davis and Leticia Van De Putte, give speeches later today. Matt Angle of the Lone Star Project says General Abbott will be the main topic of conversation this week.

"There's no question that it's another stage in the campaign. It's a chance to draw a contrast with Gregg Abbott," Angle said.

Abbott has a healthy lead in the latest polls over Davis. Van De Putte also trails Senator Dan Patrick in the Lt. Governor's race by double digits, but Angle told KTRH News she has a chance to sway some voters this weekend by putting herself out there more than she's been up until now.

"She is somebody who reflects mainstream Texas views. She speaks to all Texans," Angle stated.

One thing you won't see this weekend is any national Democratic stars trying to get the base here excited about the campaign. Angle says there's a reason for that.

"Democrats are very focused on serving Texas and making sure the government serves Texans. It's not a matter of keeping them away. It's not a national race and it shouldn't be a national race," Angle explained.

Angle saying it has nothing to do with the state party trying to distance themselves with the scandals and problems of the Obama Administration.