Anticipation builds for Davis' gubernatorial bid


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Posted on September 27, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 8:31 AM

AUSTIN -- There's a fight growing for the Texas governor's seat. Word is out that state Senator Wendy Davis will make a run for the office.

For months Democrats have been urging Davis to run. On Thursday two Democrats close to her campaign revealed her plans. They say she is going to enter the race. Davis says she won't confirm any official plans until next week. 

The move could reinvigorate a party that hasn't won a statewide office since 1994.

Davis' intentions to break that streak started to build over the summer following her nearly 13-hour filibuster for abortion access in Texas. She spent the last three months attending fundraisers to build her bank. In August she hinted that she was eyeing the governor's seat.

"Well I can guarantee with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices, either my state Senate seat or the governor,” Davis said.

On Thursday she posted a message on Twitter asking her followers how they could chip in for her grassroots network.

Davis has a large support system. Tens of thousands from across the country watched her filibuster live on YouTube. President Barack Obama gave his own support at the time; sending out a tweet that read in part ‘something magical is happening in Austin.’

“She's a different breed of leadership. She cares. She understands what it's like to struggle to pay the bills and the importance of education to get out of that,” Tanene Allison of the Texas Democratic Party said.
Davis is a relative newcomer to Texas politics. She spent nearly a decade on the Fort Worth City Council before joining the state Senate in 2008. She narrowly won re-election in 2012.

She'll face a tough fight again for the governor's seat. Davis would be up against Republicans Greg Abbott, the current Texas Attorney General, and Tom Pauken, a former state party chairman.

Experts say Davis will need to raise at least $40 million to build a strong campaign.

Davis says she'll announce her formal plans next week at the Haltom City High School she attended near Fort Worth.