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.
Good for her! Many of the Neanderthal Republicans may get dumped. Texans are tired of them!
Wendy will need to win over moderate Republican suburban women - if she can do that she stands a chance
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!
As a Texan, she's wasting her time. She won't get my vote.
Texans only like genocidal maniacs like Boosh
The GOP has Texas so rigged, Davis can win 60 percent of the vote and still lose.
I wish I had her hand.
Texas is not entirely red. Here in Houston, we have a Democrat mayor who is gay. Don't rule anything out.
Oh God, what a shame. Hope she loses.
Can't wait for the next few elections! Just watch TX turn blue!
"strict regulations on abortion clinics"
And by "strict" CNN means the same regulations that every outpatient surgery center must meet.
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........
@ 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
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?
Yes...great news.. I don't live in Texas but I really hope she wins...
Good I hope the people of Texas are smart enough to vote for her and that she wins.
I hope she loses.
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 :(
Guess not :(
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!!!!!
The timing of her announcement is perfect, after Cruz latest representation. Wishing her the best of luck!
Good. After she loses the election, that will be one less Democrat in the state Senate.
Well isn't that amazing and breaking news???? Another blond in the saddle . What is America coming to?? I am not a blond??
Go Wendy Go!
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.