Wendy Davis files for Texas governor
November 9th, 2013
06:23 PM ET
9 years 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. Jimjam77887

    I really like her!!! I hope she can pull it off. TX needs a bath real bad!!

    November 9, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Rick

    exactly what Texas needs ,a voice for all the people

    November 9, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Brian

    Texas needs to help itself and America by sending people to public office who care about the middle class and poor.

    November 9, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. kungfujellyfishattacks

    Good luck Wendy!

    November 9, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Brice

    Rick Perry didn't run for President in 2008 – only in 2012. This article is wrong.

    November 9, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. elliott carlin

    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.

    November 9, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Johnny DC

    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.

    November 9, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Houston Democrat

    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.

    Think smart!

    November 9, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Dave

    Go Wendy! Texas needs a smart woman in Austin!

    November 9, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Steven Gold

    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.

    November 9, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. JohnRJohnson

    Davis is Texas' best hope of reversing its headlong plunge back into the Stone Age.

    November 9, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. G_Edwards

    And once again, Dems rally behind a "celebrity" who can make the news.


    November 9, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. uncdig

    just what Tx needs – a person who has already sworn in court that she has mental health issues

    November 9, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. srcactus

    Ms Davis would do better in the New York Mayors race. Probably a better fit also.

    November 9, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. silencedogood

    I look forward to contributing to her opponent, voting against her and seeing her defeated for governor. She is a monster.

    November 9, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. JanetZumba

    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.

    November 9, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. DaMenace1

    Rick Perry is a total loser.

    November 9, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Name Here?

    Well, this will end predictably and pathetically.

    November 9, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. The Brutal Truth

    Wendy Davis has my support - where do I send money?

    November 9, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Aaron

    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.

    November 9, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    we don't need any more liberals.

    November 9, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. American Worker

    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.

    November 9, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. If I had a hammer... I'd whack you in the morning

    Such a backward state would benefit greatly under the care of a strong democratic female leader such as Davis.

    November 9, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. Greg

    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.

    November 9, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. Thomas Kela

    I'm sure she has and will continue to receive the support from CNN.

    November 9, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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