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Wendy Davis tells Democrats she’s in

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have begun informing influential Democrats that she intends to run for governor in 2014, according to multiple sources familiar with Davis’s conversations.

The Fort Worth legislator made a national name for herself in June when she mounted a filibuster against new proposed abortion clinic regulations. Texas Republicans ultimately passed those restrictions into law in a special session called by outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Davis advisers declined to confirm that she will enter the governor’s race, but Davis consultant Hector Nieto said the senator has made up her mind about 2014 and will unveil her plans next week.

Sen. Davis has decided what she will do and she looks forward to making that announcement with her grass-roots supporters on Oct. 3,” Nieto said.

State and national Democrats have wooed Davis over the past few months for the uphill campaign against Republican state Attorney General Greg Abbott, the presumptive GOP gubernatorial nominee. She signaled in an email to supporters this month that she would state her intentions for 2014 at an event at the beginning of October.

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It would be a major shock to her closest allies if she were to reverse course before that event and opt out of the election.

Davis, 50, has trailed Abbott in early polling on the gubernatorial election, which will be the first open-seat governor’s race in Texas since 1990.

by Anonymousreply 709/26/2013

Good. She seems like a true leader.

by Anonymousreply 109/26/2013

She deserves better than that putrid state.

by Anonymousreply 209/26/2013

It cannot be stated strongly enough how much Texas liberals need to be mobilizing a GOTV operation of never before seen proportions, if they want to see her elected or even competitive.

by Anonymousreply 309/26/2013

That's my birthday and I love my Wendy Davis.

by Anonymousreply 409/26/2013

Her father, Jerry Russell, was a beloved figure in the Dallas/Fort Worth theatre community. He founded and ran a small Fort Worth theatre. He recently passed away.

Wendy is every bit as wonderful as her father.

by Anonymousreply 509/26/2013

Thank you Wendy! We need to turn Texas blue.

by Anonymousreply 609/26/2013

Those comments below are fucking scary. Did Drudge link to the story? Jesus.

by Anonymousreply 709/26/2013
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