(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.
I really like her!!! I hope she can pull it off. TX needs a bath real bad!!
exactly what Texas needs ,a voice for all the people
Texas needs to help itself and America by sending people to public office who care about the middle class and poor.
Good luck Wendy!
Rick Perry didn't run for President in 2008 – only in 2012. This article is wrong.
Wendy "I love to see abortions" Davis is about to find out her 15 minutes is up. But hey, some big money people think she can make a splash. What a platform on which to run.
An opportunist and a hack. Incredibly unqualified and nothing more than a reality star.
But... add the word Liberal or Democrat to the beginning of any of those descriptions, and suddenly none of that matters.
Case in point: our embarrassingly under-qualified, reality star president.
There's no way she can win, and Democrats would be smart not to nominate her. Wendy Davis is too far left. The only way we Democrats can start reclaiming state offices here in Texas is start electing moderates who wont alienate the majority of conservatives and yet please most liberals.
Go Wendy! Texas needs a smart woman in Austin!
I like her take on the lopsided (it's for your health, B.S.) abortion law in Texas, but not her method of blocking a vote.
Davis is Texas' best hope of reversing its headlong plunge back into the Stone Age.
And once again, Dems rally behind a "celebrity" who can make the news.
just what Tx needs – a person who has already sworn in court that she has mental health issues
Ms Davis would do better in the New York Mayors race. Probably a better fit also.
I look forward to contributing to her opponent, voting against her and seeing her defeated for governor. She is a monster.
So, Governor Rick Perry is going up for 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate. Is it a secret that Senator Ted Cruz is also interested in the same?
I look forward to having Wendy Davis for Governor of Texas. Please, let that happen.
Rick Perry is a total loser.
Well, this will end predictably and pathetically.
Wendy Davis has my support - where do I send money?
The article, as of posting 45 minutes ago, incorrectly states that Rick Perry's 2008 Presidential campaign imploded. It was in fact his 2012 campaign.
we don't need any more liberals.
Texas will elect a real Texan and American: Lisa Fritsch
Wendy Davis is little more than a puppet of the National order of Integrity Free Political Elitist.
Such a backward state would benefit greatly under the care of a strong democratic female leader such as Davis.
Doesn't matter. The people who can get Wendy elected are being purged from the voter roll. Women. the only way Republicans can win anything is by making sure people who don't vote for them don't vote. Republicans are not American.
I'm sure she has and will continue to receive the support from CNN.