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. Natrldiver

    Great, a high and mighty tampon who failed to be flushed wants to spew her hatred.

    September 26, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. Obumba

    Oh great just what Texas needs another wind bag like Ted Cruz.

    September 26, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. abnguy

    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.

    September 26, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. cherriberi

    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.

    September 26, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Bill

    She is too pro abortion to win in Texas.

    September 26, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. Steve

    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!

    September 26, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. Mymy

    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

    September 26, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. simplyput

    Before you quick-draw that vote for ms.Windy, be sure and vet the little lady from Rhode Island yourself.

    September 26, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Hawk in Texas

    She's got my vote.

    September 26, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. rosspest

    Go Wendy !!!!

    September 26, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Leroy Wiggins

    There goes the frontier. (Well, if she stood a chance)

    September 26, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. marc in california

    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.

    September 26, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  13. maggie

    Awesome. She's got the right attitude to roll up her sleeves and go to bat....she's going to make a great gov.

    September 26, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Liz the First

    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.

    September 26, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. maggie

    she's going to make a great gov

    September 26, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Marty, FL

    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

    Big difference.

    September 26, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    She'll never make it because she's running in Texas.

    She's welcome out here though.
    Go Wendy!

    September 26, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. manyote

    You go Wendy! You go girl!! "The

    September 26, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. manyote

    ... Eyes of Texas are Upon You!"

    September 26, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  20. Bigdoglv

    Why is she such a darling for her filibuster and Ted is vilified for his?

    September 26, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  21. KenP

    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.

    September 26, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. Liberalslovedeadkids

    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".

    September 26, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  23. pesemistic?

    ima vote for her although its unlikely she'll win....

    September 26, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  24. Bubba

    She is nice. She is pleasant. She is smart. They will never vote for her in Texas.

    September 27, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  25. Winston Smith

    Good bye, Rick. Your days as the top Texas tic turd, are rapidly coming to an end. Unfortunately not soon enough.

    September 27, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
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