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.
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?
Maybe her supporters can throw feces and urine. They have experience after all.
She will get about 40% of the vote.
Haha her biggest accomplishment was standing up for the murdering of babies. Nice that will play well in Texas.
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.
There is more to being a Governor then having a specific view on abortion.
I'm shocked I tell you – shocked!! bwahahahahahaha
Rick Perry isn't running again because he locked himself in the bathroom and can't figure out how to unlock the door.
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
God, what an arrogant idiot....maybe that's why she is a politician? Pathetic.
Texas should become Democratic state. It is going to be.
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!!!
Abortion Barbie...actually this is great for both she and her plantation media hacks will get stomped.
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.
Cool. At a minimum, it will generate a boatload of commentary illustrating exactly why Texas needs a woman as governor.
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.
Finally. We need her. =]]
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.
Good! I hope she's elected!
The Astros have a better chance winning the World Series than Davis the Governship. You can dream, I suppose.
Texas is about to turn blue.
Good luck with that...you'll need it and probably a few prayers....
Hispanics need to realize that a vote for Reputrids is a vote against themselves: vote democrat.
what a shock!!!! why do you think she did the filibuster much like Ted Cruz