Wendy Davis files for Texas governor
November 9th, 2013
06:23 PM ET
8 months ago

Wendy Davis files for Texas governor

(CNN) - Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis’s formal Texas gubernatorial campaign kicked off with the filing of campaign documents Saturday, the first day she was able to do so.

According to CNN affiliate KVUE, Davis and her likely Republican opponent, state Attorney General Greg Abbott, each filed campaign paperwork in Austin.

Davis is seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who has said he will not seek a fourth term. There is speculation that Perry will instead make another bid for the White House in 2016 after his 2012 campaign imploded.

The Texas Secretary of State lists November 9 as the first day for primary filing in the state, with the period running through December 9.

Davis first announced her intentions to seek the governor’s office at the beginning of October.

"All of you deserve to have your voices heard. Because our future is brightest when it's lit by everyone's star," Davis said at the time. "That's why today, I am proud to announce my candidacy to be the 48th governor of this great state."

Davis is riding a wave of liberal popularity after her June filibuster against a Texas abortion bill gained national attention. Davis managed to temporarily block passage of the law that later passed in a special session and is currently facing a legal challenge.

Davis has so far established her campaign based around issues such as accessible health care and education.

Her opponent has built a reputation as a staunch conservative. First elected Attorney General in 2002, Abbott has defended socially conservative causes during his tenure. These include pushing for the display of a Ten Commandments monument of the grounds of the Texas Capitol in 2005.

Abbott also has sued the Obama administration more than 25 times, including the case that led to the landmark Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, last year.

Despite her name recognition, Davis faces an uphill battle for the governorship in a deep red state Mitt Romney carried 57% in 2012 to President Barack Obama’s 41%. No Democrat has won the state’s highest office since Ann Richards did so in 1990.

8 things Wendy Davis has going for her in Texas governor's race

–CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Paul

    Texas republicans will pass a law that says, "women are not allowed to run for governor". Or, "women can vote, but we men will count the votes".

    November 9, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. Stuffit

    Isn't it strange that when she did the same thing Ted Cruz did she was lauded by the liberal media and all of the hypocritical liberals? Kind of fits the play book with thei poor coverage of the Obama lies.

    November 9, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. Aurthor

    Good a democrat someone with more sense.

    November 9, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. TexasGuy

    Finally, Texans have a clear chance to elect intelligent, articulate Wendy Davis as our governor. So many Texans are tired of having Tea Party-like leadership that insults citizens with overbearing and eccentric ideas about what Texas women and others should want. Texas citizens know how to make their own choices about religion, health and morality. Governor Perry and Greg Abbott are very strange when they talk about religion and morality. It is more of the go with our strange policies even if it hurts everyone in Texas! NO. NO MORE OF IT, PERRY AND ABBOTT. OUT WITH BOTH OF YOU and IN WITH WENDY DAVIS!

    November 9, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Pipeline_Chick

    Best news EVER for the Great State of Texas

    November 9, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Crystal

    She could win. Look what happened in Virginia.

    November 9, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. Tommy Mack

    She's a smart woman, who thinks of ALL Texans... not just rich white male conservatives like Abbot.

    November 9, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. Thugvon

    Oh wow, she became famous for wearing sneakers...I will not vote for her but will donate a quarter to her campaign so she can go downtown and have a rat gnaw that thing off her face....NEXT!!!

    November 9, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. S. B. Stein

    She will do a great job as governor. I hope that there is enough in-state support to get her elected. The question is how strongly will the GOP go after her?

    November 9, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. Data Driven

    "Her opponent has built a reputation as a staunch conservative. First elected Attorney General in 2002, Abbott has defended socially conservative causes during his tenure. These include pushing for the display of a Ten Commandments monument of the grounds of the Texas Capitol in 2005."

    Well, no one can say that Texans won't have a clear choice.

    November 10, 2013 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Wendy Davis a woman who can beat any man without even trying. She didn't need a bunch of neanderthals to help her out when she really filibustered for women's rights for much longer than the Canadian terrorist and his teaklan pals.

    November 10, 2013 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  12. don in albuquerque

    Go Wendy!!! And remember the polls all said MittWitt would be the next president.

    November 10, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  13. A True Conservative

    Wow.....she stands up for the sacrament of the left and she rockets to the top....talk a bout a one issue candidate....good to see that the left wants to move people forward who understand what's really important......

    November 10, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. plain and simple

    Ann Richards was a fine lady, a good governor and as tough as nails!!! Let's hope Wendy Davis is as well. She will need to be. I get the feeling she is.

    November 10, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP teaparty train wreck for these idiot GOP governors is coming, they have nothing to offer except obstruction and incompetents 25billion dallar loss of GDP all GOP will be kicked out in 2014 and the GOP idiots think their winning, maybe like their winning with Romney the tax cheat in 2012??????

    November 10, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Davis, the next govenor of the teaparty hick state of Texas can only be a good thing!!!!

    November 10, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Tony

    You go girl, It's about time Texas had someone with a brain in office again!!!

    November 10, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Dallas

    There's a lot of us willing to put our blood, sweat, tears and $$$ to work to see you elected Governor of our state. We've been suffering too many years under Rick Perry and Abbott would only be a continuation of the same, even worse!

    November 10, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Larry in Houston

    OMG Wendy !! LOL – well, about all I can do for you is : offer you my Blessings, and Vote for you.....But I'm not going to hold my breath...... I'm sure you already know that the Capitol bldg. in Austin is full of the people on the other side of the Isle, unlike the rest of Austin, since it's a college town, with several colleges, not to mention the majority of the people in & around all those colleges, including the downtown area, where Business is booming practically night & day, are mostly either Moderate, or Liberal......

    Go for it, Wendy, I hope you win......but to be perfectly honest, it's going to be like climbing Mt. Everest barefooted.

    November 10, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. vikingwoman

    Yes, my state needs a strong, liberal woman, who dared to take on the uberconcervatives & tea extremists over their 'pet project'! In fact we need more women to stand up for what's right, instead of trying to marginalize any1 not in an income bracket beneficial to the repub satus quo or tea party crazy! Women, children, gay's, so called minorities, those of other religions besides fundamentalists, the working poor & any1 who is tired of the repub extreme stranglehold for the past 15 years, should vote for this woman! Maybe Texas could even stop being the punchline of jokes that are sadly true! As far as Rick Perry, he reminds me of a Middleages 'Noble' land owner who would burn the village that didn't harvest enough crops for his stores, just to teach the other villages a lesson! "Goodhair" is truly 'all hat & no cattle'!!

    November 10, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Liz the First

    Let's hope there are enough people in Texas smart enough to vote her in. Too many idiots have sat in that chair since Ann Richards lost it.

    November 10, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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