Wendy Davis to run for governor in Texas
September 26th, 2013
04:42 PM ET
8 years 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. JGGG

    I am with Abbott! Lord help us if we elect this lady. Texans4Abbott!

    September 26, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Middle of the Road

    I'm neither for Davis or against her, but to compare what she did against what Cruz did shows a complete lack of political understanding. Davis was filibustering against an opposing party's bill that was up for vote. The rules forbid her from straying from topic, and her entire objective was to stop a bill that was surely going to pass and the governor was going to sign. She was successful in stalling long enough to delay the vote, but her efforts ended in vane when the governor called a special session to revote on the bill. All of this for an abortion law that will never get past the courts. On the other hand, Cruz was filibustering on a motion to vote on his own party's bill. He was trying to stop a bill from coming up to vote that surely had no chance of passing the democratic senate. If he continued, he would have shut down the government and Obamacare still would have gotten its funding. There was no political reason to do what he did (except to possibly strengthen his position in the Tea Party) but reading Dr. Suess, and stalling just to stall shows how stupid his position was.

    September 26, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Bolaji

    Go, Wendy, Go!!!

    September 26, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Winston5

    I like her. Where do i send the check??

    September 26, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. DE

    Maybe she can drag Texas, albeit kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Republibigots have done a great dis-service to this sate in the past 12-15 years. The only thing they care about is keeping their jobs and Texas citizens be damned.

    September 26, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. MP9000

    You can do ANYTHING if you put your mind to it! I'm going to become invisible riiiiiight......NOW!

    September 26, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "does she support shutting down all the evil ol drilling in texas?"

    You mean like the GOP/Teatrolls shut down almost every single clinic providing women's health services in the state...even about 55 of them that never even provided abortions....leaving approximately 200,000+ women who depended on those clinics without any access to the services they provided?

    September 26, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. notamused

    yougo girl!

    September 26, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Ollie

    Run Forrest Run

    September 26, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    This is one time that I wish I lived in Texas. Run Wendy Run!!

    September 26, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    You go Wendy. I'll be sending you some campaign money.

    September 26, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. CryBabies

    @ Gurgyl...Have not been on this site for some time but it seems nothing has changed. Is it the words that trouble you or putting the thoughts into words? Anyway.....keep dreaming Libs, thats all this will ever be for Miss D.

    September 26, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. McBob79

    Snore... She won't get 35% of the vote. People that preach the culture of death are not appealing to the masses.

    September 26, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. JLS639

    I have not been very enthusiastic about local politics living in Texas. I am enthusiastic about Wendy Davis.

    September 26, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. Clear and Present Thinker

    Run, Wendy, run!

    September 26, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Autumn

    Wendy's giant money pit. DNC money would be better spent on competitive races. Sigh.

    September 26, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. TexasMOM

    My neighborhood in North Texas is voting for her!! Go Wendy!!

    September 26, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Wally

    She'll lose. In a landslide.

    She literally does not stand a chance. She's doing it so that she can raise her profile and get a TV spot on some liberal cable news network.

    It will be embarrassing to see the how large the spread will be for the Republican challenger that beats her. However, I doubt she has any shame.

    September 26, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. manhandler1

    You run.....I'll contribute.

    September 26, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. larkwoodgirl

    She will get my vot

    September 26, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. Dave

    That's it, GOP. Uniting all women against you in Texas is going to prove a costly mistake.

    September 26, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Dallas

    Hallelujah! There are so many of us wanting and willing to work so hard to make this a reality. This is not going to be easy but right is on our side. Go Wendy – we can't wait to call you Governor Davis.

    September 26, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. Ryan

    for the sake of the future babies of Texas, I hope she doesn't win

    September 26, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. holam

    Boy the liberals are really running the show now, I hope they are prepared for what they have set forth. I hope this country can survive them.

    September 26, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. cherriberi

    What is Davis's qualifications for Governor? She champions abortion on demand? Is that what makes a good Governor whether they are R or D?

    September 26, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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