Wendy Davis to run for governor in Texas
September 26th, 2013
04:42 PM ET
12 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. Shelia

    Ya, its about time to turn Tx blue like California in which everyone is fleeing from....Sure TX democrats turn TX into Detroit..Are you people ever going to look at your failed policy's and cities?

    September 26, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Evervigilant

    Maybe her supporters can throw feces and urine. They have experience after all.

    September 26, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. DustyOnes

    She will get about 40% of the vote.

    September 26, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Haha her biggest accomplishment was standing up for the murdering of babies. Nice that will play well in Texas.

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

    What?? abortions were allowed after 20 weeks?!?!?! At 16 weeks you can find out the gender of the baby. I would have thought past 16 weeks it would not have been allowed.

    September 26, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Will

    There is more to being a Governor then having a specific view on abortion.

    September 26, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Catherine

    I'm shocked I tell you – shocked!! bwahahahahahaha

    September 26, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. GIUK

    Rick Perry isn't running again because he locked himself in the bathroom and can't figure out how to unlock the door.

    September 26, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Jens

    Save Texas and all it's Greatness and the reason I moved here. Vote Republican and let the Democrats have California which I left. GOD SAVE US from the liberals

    September 26, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Jim

    God, what an arrogant idiot....maybe that's why she is a politician? Pathetic.

    September 26, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Texas should become Democratic state. It is going to be.

    September 26, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Catherine

    She can filibuster on murdering babies and she is the media darling, but Cruz filibusters on the state of our economy and a huge mistake and he is made fun of – gender haters!!!

    September 26, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. canuck

    Abortion Barbie...actually this is great for both she and her plantation media hacks will get stomped.

    September 26, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Phil

    All of the gains seen in the TX economy will be undone with a democrat for governor. I'm wondering what kind of chokehold Mary has been in all this time.

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

    Go Wendy!

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

    Cool. At a minimum, it will generate a boatload of commentary illustrating exactly why Texas needs a woman as governor.

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

    Yes CNN we know...

    Wendy Davis's filibuster was such an overnight sensation...but Ted Cruz's filibuster was silly and futile.

    Yet...both of the filibusters had absolutely...NO CHANCE of gaining anything. But as we all know...CNN loves Hillary...hates guns...and hates anything Republican.

    September 26, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Mandy

    Finally. We need her. =]]

    September 26, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Han

    She may not have a real chance, but at least she will be a threat enough to make her opponents sweat very, very much in what they thought was a sure win.

    September 26, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Patrick

    Good! I hope she's elected!

    September 26, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Hector Del Mayo

    The Astros have a better chance winning the World Series than Davis the Governship. You can dream, I suppose.

    September 26, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Bob

    Texas is about to turn blue.

    September 26, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. kamarasune

    Good luck with that...you'll need it and probably a few prayers....

    September 26, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. CaliforniaAC

    Hispanics need to realize that a vote for Reputrids is a vote against themselves: vote democrat.

    September 26, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Chris

    what a shock!!!! why do you think she did the filibuster much like Ted Cruz

    September 26, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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