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.
Great, a high and mighty tampon who failed to be flushed wants to spew her hatred.
Oh great just what Texas needs another wind bag like Ted Cruz.
Where's the outrage? I've listened to Dems all week saying how horrible the filibuster is. Call Harry Reid for a comment on this.
What is Davis's platform to be Governor of the state? Champion of abortion on demand? Weak platform for a woman with little to no accomplishments.
She is too pro abortion to win in Texas.
As a Texan, I plan on doing everything I can to get Wendy Davis elected. There are a lot of things thatare great about Texas, but being regressive and ignorant isn't one of them. Good riddance to Perry, and good riddance to the monopoly of the religious right!
All the big bad men of Texas will now be flooding the comments, making comments about how dumb this women, perhaps comparing her to their wives. They don't even want to talk about how this stupid lady scared Perry from running again. lol
Before you quick-draw that vote for ms.Windy, be sure and vet the little lady from Rhode Island yourself.
She's got my vote.
Go Wendy !!!!
There goes the frontier. (Well, if she stood a chance)
i will stand by her to the very end. although the fact that 2014 might be a republican year may not work in her favor.
Awesome. She's got the right attitude to roll up her sleeves and go to bat....she's going to make a great gov.
She's the breath of fresh air and intelligence Texas desperately needs in its state house. Go, Wendy!!! Texas hasn't had a decent governor since Ann Richards. let's hope the people of that state wise up and vote the thugs out.
she's going to make a great gov
For the far right commenters here:
Wendy Davis = successful & real filibuster to protect women's & families' rights
Ted Cruz = failed & fake filibuster to deny Americans healthcare, sabotage our economy, cutoff seniors SS, and deny veteran benefits
She'll never make it because she's running in Texas.
She's welcome out here though.
You go Wendy! You go girl!! "The
... Eyes of Texas are Upon You!"
Why is she such a darling for her filibuster and Ted is vilified for his?
So her temper tantrum lost her a moderate district seat; way to be short-sighted. At least after this embarrassment, the one hit wonder will fade into proper obscurity for the next 5-10 years until she becomes another piece of liberal trivia.
Hilarious! Woman does a filibuster that was meaningless, but for her and the media, she was standing for something, abortion. Man does a fillibuster that won't stop anything, to prevent chaos and runaway costs, but because he's a Conservative, he's a rapist, jerk, or as the human spittle machine indicated, a "neanderthal".
ima vote for her although its unlikely she'll win....
She is nice. She is pleasant. She is smart. They will never vote for her in Texas.
Good bye, Rick. Your days as the top Texas tic turd, are rapidly coming to an end. Unfortunately not soon enough.