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. Alex

    Against that clown Bob Perry? I say bring it on!

    September 26, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. RighTexan

    Abortion Barbie is my state senator....she was going to lose the next election. This is a way to save face.

    September 26, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Skarphace

    I understand she feels the need to be a governor because it increases her future chances at POTUS, but I don't see how this is good for Democrats. She probably won't beat a siting Republican in a red state, and her Senate seat has a good chance of being filled by a Republican. Lose-lose.

    September 26, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. What Now

    As a Texan, let me just say...GREAT! We can only hope that maybe, just maybe Texas will begin to climb out of the age of the neanderthals. We have lived way too long under the thumb of back door politics and posturing idiots.

    September 26, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Name

    Congrats to all Texans!! If I lived in your state she would have my vote!

    September 26, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. John Ortega

    How is this BREAKING NEWS? Seriously CNN, front page top headline alert because she's decided to run?

    September 26, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Fair

    Pay attention women of Texas...this lady looks out for you and ALL citizens of the state; not just the men and bible thumpers.

    September 26, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. just saying

    ok, we know she supports killing babies. does she also support democrat anti gun laws? does she refuse to enforce laws like other democrats? does she support legalizing drugs? does she support more federal control of her state? does she support the death sentence?

    September 26, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Janice

    Makes me believe there might still be hope for Texas! Now, who will run against Ted Cruz, who is an IDIOT and an embarrassment to fellow Texans!

    September 26, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Ctrygrl

    You go girl!!!! The republicans can't gerrymander a state election. All they can do is try to stop people from voting. Come on Texas you can do this.

    September 26, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. srdem

    Is this what Texas is about; allowing women to kill their own children wnen they're 6, 7, 8, 9 months pregnant. Really?

    September 26, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Photoguy

    She got famous fillibustering to stop an abortion law that most of Texans wanted to see passed. That includes most *female* Texans. Who exactly is she claiming to represent? Davis's main support group is journalists, most of whom are as out of touch with the average person as she is.

    September 26, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Wade

    In Texas they really do not like woman who support the murder of babies as a right. She has ( 0 ) chance of ever getting elected.

    September 26, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Kim

    Women who are part of the GOP are a disgrace to females everywhere and have no respect for women whatsoever.

    September 26, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Kyle

    My sources say she will loose baldly to the Republican. Just saying.

    September 26, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. RockInD

    Got my vote!

    September 26, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. rdg18

    I will vote for anyone that runs against her.

    September 26, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Paula Denmon

    Terrific! Texas will finally have a Governor to follow Ann Richards. Our last great Texas Governor.

    September 26, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Mancee Grayce

    Okay texas, here's your chance to prove me wrong. Are you all really a bunch of knuckle dragging, bigoted, ignorant, wife beating rednecks, or are you going to play nice with the rest of the country? Please don't blow it this time!

    September 26, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. atty23

    She's getting my vote!

    September 26, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. jpalm32@msn.com

    Texas Palosi!

    September 26, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. just saying

    does she support shutting down all the evil ol drilling in texas? after all, democrats hate oil. very, very bad.

    but why would a democrat want to be governor of a red state like texas? listen to all the leftists in here. they absolutely hate and spit on red states every day. these are the people you want representing you? i think not.

    September 26, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. atty23

    I'm voting for her.

    September 26, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. DustyOnes

    Abortion Barbie....that's funny. She doesn't stand a chance. 40% max! We still remember that hag Ann Richards (may she rot in hell).

    September 26, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Now Medicaid has a chance of being expanded in Texas!

    September 26, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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