Wendy Davis to run for governor in Texas
September 26th, 2013
04:42 PM ET
1 year 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. Lorita

    Go Wendy! A breath of fresh air, progressive thinking and intelligent perspective are sorely needed in the state.

    September 26, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. gimmabreak

    She will not win, but anything will be better than what we have had. Texas is full of minimum wage jobs and back door deals and ole Rick has his hand in all of them. Remember that underage female cancer vaccine mess he got into.
    It is time for Bill White for Governor. This man when mayor for Houston got things done with the support of both parties. He won all three times in landslide victories. He is a great man and would do many great things for the state and ALL of our residents.

    BILL WHITE for GOVERNOR!

    September 26, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. KateAZ

    You go girl!

    September 26, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Bob

    Cruz should go to her for lessons on how to conduct a real filibuster.

    September 26, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. RJ Wagner

    So Democrats are going to nominate the woman who is only know for filibustering an elective partial-birth abortion ban that a majority of Texans supported, supported by Americans by 70% and is almost twice as liberal (22 weeks) as socialist France (12 weeks). And they call us extremists??

    September 26, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Linda

    Wendy Davis has my vote. Come on Texas, advance women to the front of the bus.

    September 26, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. خ ̷̴̐خ

    All depends if the Hispanics turn out.

    September 26, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. Dawn Kieballs

    Does it seem to you that nearly every anti Davis response on this board is either ill formed, misspelled or written by a cow hand who just dismounted a very unhappy goat? I thought so.

    September 26, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. will never vote Republician again

    RIP GOP. We are coming for you in 2014!

    September 26, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Jim

    Where do I sign up to volunteer for her?

    September 26, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. magicpanties

    Oh this was would SO tick off all the rabid tea-brains in Texas.
    Yeehaw!

    September 26, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. realville

    Wow. Now here is a good example if media bias. Wendy David, a liberal media darling. What did she do?? She filibustered the Texas Senate attempting to bring attention to her pro abortion beliefs. Her efforts produced nothing, as was expected. Nevertheless the media love her.

    Now take Senator Cruz. He did the same thing and had the same result. Only problem is that his issue was to defund Obamacare. He has been ridiculed and called names.

    September 26, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. Namecarol

    That is what we need...lol

    September 26, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. Patriot1742

    Abortion Barbie is going to get beat like a rented mule – it will be fun to watch this car wreck.

    September 26, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Dr Watson

    There is no doubt in my mind she will make a great governor. Texas needs a breath of fresh air! Thank you for having the courage to run.

    September 26, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Chris

    Hopefully there are enough intelligent voters living in Texas to vote for Wendy Davis! About time the State of Texas joined the 21st Century. Run Wendy Run!!!

    Wish I lived in Texas so I could vote for her. Hmmm, wonder if there are any jobs there for new residents? Might be worth considering.

    September 26, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. Humanist999

    Go Wendy!

    September 26, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. Namecarol

    Oh please....what a joke!

    September 26, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. hrdwrknjoe

    and the winner is -- The Citizens of Texas.

    September 26, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. belinda

    Finally, there is hope for the state of Texas. We are disgusted with tea party politics. When you have a state rep. who doesn't know the difference between the abortion pill and the morning after pill , that prevents hundred's of thousand's of abortions every year, we have a problem. We have conservatives, making life and death decisions for women and they don't even know, what they're talking about. We haves have had it, with conservatives, pushing their radical agenda against Women and in the process, denying us our constitutional right, Enough is enough.

    September 26, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. TXgoing_purple

    Go Wendy! lets kick GOP out. Enough of Perry. I think its high time TX goes purple state. Lets put a person as governor who know more than 'OOPS'.

    September 26, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. Skarphace

    tom l: "Funny how her fillibuster was not grandstanding nor self serving but Cruz's was."

    Cruz's was not a fillibuster. Do you even know what a fillibuster is?

    September 26, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. kamarasune

    Good luck with that....She'll need it.

    September 26, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Robert

    Seems everybody is "Harvard law". Obviously means nothing. I can't believe the kind of people that think they are qualified to govern a state as important as Texas.

    September 26, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. boungiorno

    at this point doesnt matter who runs its over for freedom $17 TRILLION in DEBT

    September 26, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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