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. Son's died for you CNN

    isn't she the one that was having to see the shrink?

    November 9, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. C.Gann

    Greg you had my vote until Ms Davis announced she was joing the race for Governor. Thats when you opened your mouth and trashed your opponent. Tisk tisk Greg. You acted childish and she acted like a GOVERNOR.

    November 9, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Jim

    I would have so much respect for Texas if she wins. Is there any chance given the garrymandering? Dems have Houston and the big popular cities there don't they?

    November 9, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Please let Rick run for Pres again....

    Go Wendy Go...I dont understand why someone doesn't take Ole Ricky out for good?

    November 9, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Win or lose, the times are changing in Texas.

    November 9, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Good Luck Wendy. A lot of us will be sending money to help you out. Be yourself.

    November 9, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. David

    That baby murderer will never get my vote.

    November 9, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. Guest

    Most Texans aren't alright with killing the unborn.

    November 9, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Correction

    Should say "There is speculation that Perry will instead make another bid for the White House in 2016 after his 2012 campaign imploded."

    November 9, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Jeebusss

    Uh oh if she gets elected they might not be able to build high risk chemical facilities like fertilizer plants 100 yards from a daycare anymore. What will happen to the Texas dream of living in a polluted cesspool?

    November 9, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. bob

    Female and pro-abortion. I'm sure Texans will be civil towards her....

    November 9, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. JM_Minnesota

    Perry ran for the Republican nomination in 2012, not 2008.

    November 9, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. MaryM

    Go Wendy. You have the Majority of the Texas women backing you

    November 9, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    She'll make history alright – but I doubt it will be as Governor of Texas.

    November 9, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Eagle08432

    Sandra Fluke dental dams in every pot! This frauds 15 minute of fame where up months ago!

    November 9, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Bradley Barnett

    I am thrilled that a female is running for governor in Texas. She brings all the credentials to make her a great Texas governor. She is a moderate on most issues but is a fiscal conservative on economic issues. We need,especially in Texas,individuals like 'Wendy' who will counteract the cult of the "Tea Party' that runs through all Republican candidates,whether they want to admit it or not. This country and Texas can't afford a 'right wing' ideologue who simply doesn't have the personality or the values needed in our country during the crucial period in our history!

    November 9, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. T E X A S

    It's time for Wendy. Shove the men aside.

    November 9, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. Kenman

    No comments allowed?

    November 9, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Loe

    The baby killer! Instead kissing babies she'll slice 'em up

    November 9, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. Alabama Joe

    Go, Wendy....don't let those chauvinistic Texas cowboys get you down. They are all anti-woman and women are about 50% of the population. So, let's hope that most of the women vote for you. PS...I don't know those men survive in their families...they are obviously exerting weird, psychological pressure on the women and girls in their households. I wish someone would tell the Texas and American population what that is all about.

    November 9, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. history repeats

    Go Wendy!!!! CA women support you and the help you can bring the entire region/conversation.

    November 9, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. nintex

    As a Texan who wants this state to turn a bright shade of blue in the next couple of election cycles, I implore all my fellow Texans to get to work right now helping elect Wendy Davis as our next governor. Get people registered to vote, make phone calls, knock on doors, take people to the polls – we've got our work cut out for us. We can't let our state's officials continue to hurt so many uninsured people here who need health care and women who need reproductive counseling and services, not to mention the state's reputation as a backward, redneck cesspool of ignorance. That is so not true of a lot of good people who want Wendy Davis to be our governor!

    November 9, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  23. Geoz

    Hope she wins.

    November 9, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  24. cnet

    And says she pro-life now.

    Sounds like her whole tirade on the capital floor was an empty attempt to put her name on the map. She has no chance in Texas.

    November 9, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. Bill Smells

    She's a Democrat. She'll lose.

    November 9, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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