The story Wendy Davis has told over and over again is one of a single mother who rose from poverty to political prominence with hard work, intelligence and grit.
There's plenty of truth in that narrative, but there's also exaggeration and factual details that are just flat wrong.
"Wendy Davis was telling a story that she knew wasn't the full truth, but let people believe that it was true," said Mark Jones, Chairman of Political Science at Rice University.
Davis has come under fire for suggesting hardship forced her to live in a trailer when in fact she only resided in a mobile home for a couple of months.
She also claimed to have divorced at age 19 when she was really 21 when her first marriage ended.
And then there's the issue of who paid for college and Harvard Law school.
Davis has implied she carried the bulk of the load when it appears her well-to-do second husband picked up most of the tab.
Jones says the revelations first reported by the Dallas Morning News have damaged the candidate's authenticity.
"It may undermine her with a demographic she really needs and that's married anglo women who she needs to cross over because they generally vote Republican in the fall and vote for her. If she can't get them she has little to no chance of victory," says Jones.
Davis supporters like former Ann Richard's aid Margaret Justus, believe this entire controversy serves as proof that female candidates face a double standard.
"When her opponent wants to start beating her up about her personal life decisions, it could backfire," said Justus.
"That sliver of moderate women she's going after may actually identify more with it because life is complicated. There is no such thing as a story book candidate as much as sometimes the press will build it up and make her look like she's the perfect one. She is who she is," added Justus.