Wendy Davis to run for governor in Texas
September 26th, 2013
04:42 PM ET
11 months ago

Wendy Davis to run for governor in Texas

Washington (CNN) – State Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas will run for governor next year, two Democratic sources familiar with the planning confirmed to CNN.

The Democrat, who gained national fame after her 13-hour filibuster over a controversial abortion bill, was already scheduled to make an announcement about her political future on October 3.

But until Thursday it wasn't certain whether she would be running for governor or run for re-election to her state Senate seat. Politico first reported Davis would run for governor.

Wendy Davis: From teen mom to Harvard Law to famous filibuster

Her campaign has remained tight lipped to the press about her upcoming public decision. Her spokesman, Hector Nieto, did not confirm–but also didn't deny–reports that she was putting her hat into the gubernatorial ring.

"All I can say...is that Senator Davis told her grassroots supporters last week via email she has made a decision and she looks forward to making her decision public on October 3," he told CNN. But advisers have reached out privately to Democrats to inform them of her decision. But advisers have reached out privately to Democrats to inform them of her decision, according to sources.

After her filibuster–which delayed a vote on a bill meant to ban most abortions for pregnancies past 20 weeks and implement strict regulations on abortion clinics–Davis found herself on the national stage and a potential hope for Democrats in Texas who want to turn the state blue.

Wendy Davis raked in almost $1 million after filibuster

Given the attention she drew over the filibuster, speculation soon followed that she may challenge Gov. Rick Perry in 2014, but the longtime Republican governor announced this summer he won't be seeking re-election next year.

Republican Greg Abbott, the state's attorney general, has already started running for the office, and is considered the leading GOP candidate.

Wendy Davis weighs in about her political future

Democrats haven't won a gubernatorial election in Texas since Ann Richard's victory in 1990.


Filed under: 2014 • Texas • Wendy Davis
soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Wear that orange dress again on the campaign trail, and it's yours, Ms. Davis.

    Seriously, this is great news for Democrats, who, to be brutally frank, need new stars. We got Hillary Clinton, taking inspiring pro-elephant/anti-terrorist stances ... and ...

    Well, I like Gillibrand in New York. But I'm already running out of names. Davis in a high-profile job can only help.

    September 26, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatroll response: "Yeah, whatever, she doesn't have a chance....now, if you'll please excuse us, we suddenly now have some more voting restrictions, redistricting and electoral process changes to enact."

    September 26, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Mary

    It's about time we got this state out of the red. There's been a chokehold on us for far too long.

    September 26, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Good luck to you Ms. Davis!

    September 26, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Bootstomper

    Hope she wins but it is Texas.

    September 26, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I think Texas has had enough of the GOP garbage of America , just like the rest of us NORMAL voters. It's time for the GOP teaparty to be put in the garbage can they belong in , 2014 is for a dem victory across the country ,dimint, you lost YOUR war moron!!!!!

    September 26, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Lisa P.

    Data Driven

    Wear that orange dress again on the campaign trail, and it's yours, Ms. Davis.

    Seriously, this is great news for Democrats, who, to be brutally frank, need new stars. We got Hillary Clinton, taking inspiring pro-elephant/anti-terrorist stances ... and ...

    Well, I like Gillibrand in New York. But I'm already running out of names. Davis in a high-profile job can only help.
    September 26, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm
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    Hey! What about Elizabeth Warren? How soon they forget! Or Tammy Baldwin, from Wisconsin - we have great hopes for her.

    September 26, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. sarah

    I live in Texas and let me tell you, i'm so excited to turn Texas blue again. There is new excitement and energy because of Sen. Davis! I'm so happy and proud of her!

    September 26, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Perry talks to his crap covered boots, Liberty and Freedom, so Texas is not used to electing an intelligent person. I wish Davis well.

    September 26, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. jinx9to88

    What? I thought Texas left the Union. Dang-it!!

    September 26, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. I will move to Texas to vote for her.

    Seriously. I will. She's amazing. My state is in good shape, so I think I can move on to help fix Texas.

    September 26, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Michael Benjamin

    It simply a matter of demographics and time when Texas will be solidly blue. Once that happens any chance of a Republican with today's agenda will ever sit in the White House.

    We all need to support Wendy no matter what state we live in.

    September 26, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. tom l

    Funny how her fillibuster was not grandstanding nor self serving but Cruz's was.

    September 26, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Time for Texas to wake up and join the dem United States and move forward instead of backwards with the GOP garbage of America!!!!!

    September 26, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. DC Johnny

    Shocking. Simply shocking. Who didn't see this coming?

    I mean, she sweeps in just in time for the upcoming election cycle and puts her foot down against such monstrosities as preventing late term abortions, and now she's conveniently going to ride the wave into the state house?

    Good luck, lady.

    Texas is one of the last bastions of freedom in this country, and they won't go down without a fight.

    September 26, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. David

    Who cares? She is not getting my vote

    September 26, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Wayne

    Sorry, Never happen. Keep Dreaming

    September 26, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. DC Johnny

    @Sniffit – save the rhetoric. Democrats do the same thing with boundaries when they had power. It's part of the game. Good luck trying to pin the latest Colorado upsets on election tampering, too.

    September 26, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. anonymous

    Texas doesn't vote for baby murder supporters. She will lose badly. Why not run an anti-oil person Deomcrats? Just as effective.

    September 26, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. blackolif

    go Wendy! I live in Texas and I cannot wait to vote for you :)

    September 26, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. jj

    Hope Texas goes Dem. Then its citizens can have affordable care

    September 26, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Kelly

    Baby Killer! If not you sure helped those that kill them. Shameful!

    September 26, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. mcariddi

    If Dems and Libs don't like living in 'red state' TX, why don't they move back to a blue bankrupt state

    September 26, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Evervigilant

    When Texas goes blue it will be because hades froze over.

    September 26, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. MaryM

    Go for it Wendy. We have your back.

    September 26, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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