Wendy Davis to run for governor in Texas
September 26th, 2013
04:42 PM ET
10 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. works4me

    Good for her! Many of the Neanderthal Republicans may get dumped. Texans are tired of them!

    September 26, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Leftcoastrocky

    Wendy will need to win over moderate Republican suburban women - if she can do that she stands a chance

    September 26, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Drew Markham

    I never have, and God willing, never will live in Texas. But I will be sending Wendy Davis campaign contributions in her race for governor. Go Wendy!

    September 26, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Guff

    As a Texan, she's wasting her time. She won't get my vote.

    September 26, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. jason

    Texans only like genocidal maniacs like Boosh

    September 26, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. jinx9to88

    The GOP has Texas so rigged, Davis can win 60 percent of the vote and still lose.

    September 26, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Dastreagus

    I wish I had her hand.

    September 26, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. atty23

    Texas is not entirely red. Here in Houston, we have a Democrat mayor who is gay. Don't rule anything out.

    September 26, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Bill

    Oh God, what a shame. Hope she loses.

    September 26, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. rhh

    Can't wait for the next few elections! Just watch TX turn blue!

    September 26, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. zaggs

    "strict regulations on abortion clinics"

    And by "strict" CNN means the same regulations that every outpatient surgery center must meet.

    September 26, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. Vijay

    AS a Texan, I was waiting for a long time. He will change Texas into good state and our state will become 100 % insured (health insurance) state of this country. Currently we are number one in the country without health insurance. Cost of medical expense is very high.
    I'll join her campaign. Good for Texas........

    September 26, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. jinx9to88

    @ mcariddi -

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

    ----

    Or stay in Texas and make below minimum wage. lol

    September 26, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. RB

    Seriously? Her only claim to fame is that she wanted to keep Texas safe for the Kermit Gosnells of the world, and she thinks that qualifies her to be governor? Seriously, again–do any of you "Go Wendy!" people know her position on any issue except abortion?

    September 26, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. tiscali.it

    Yes...great news.. I don't live in Texas but I really hope she wins...

    September 26, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. Jerry

    Good I hope the people of Texas are smart enough to vote for her and that she wins.

    September 26, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. julia

    I hope she loses.

    September 26, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. Catherine

    She can filibuster on abortion 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 bias????

    Better? Gosh trying to please the speech moniters is hard :(

    September 26, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. Catherine

    Guess not :(

    September 26, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Vijay

    Ted Cruz filibuster – bad for the country. Wendy Davis filibuster = good for the state and especially women. There wont be war on women and drugs. Texas will become like Washington and Colorado (like legalizing pot). Good for texas. Go Wendy!!!!!

    September 26, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. Andres

    The timing of her announcement is perfect, after Cruz latest representation. Wishing her the best of luck!

    September 26, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. firstpoppa

    Good. After she loses the election, that will be one less Democrat in the state Senate.

    September 26, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. straighttalk

    Well isn't that amazing and breaking news???? Another blond in the saddle . What is America coming to?? I am not a blond??

    September 26, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Joe Sixpack

    Go Wendy Go!

    September 26, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Janis

    Well as a Texan, she has my vote. I am so sick of all the crazy republican representatives we have had. Perry and Cruz are flat out embarrassing.

    September 26, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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