Wendy Davis said today, Thursday, Sept. 19, she will announce her decision on Oct. 3 as to whether or not she will run for the governorship of Texas, according to an article in today's Christian Post. The article said she sent an e-mail to supporters giving that date as the day she will choose between running for governor on the Democratic ticket or re-election as Fort Worth state senator.
Since no other Democrat has yet announced, it appears she would have an easy race for the nomination. She's reportedly raised approximately $7 million nationally after she made news by filibustering the Texas bill which would limit abortions. Gov. Rick Perry overcame her filibuster by calling another special session of the Texas legislature during which the bill passed outlawing abortions after 20 weeks pregnancy.
She went on a national speaking tour including Washington D.C. where she raised a good sum of money during two fundraisers in the nation's capital. She also appeared on several national news shows in the wake of her filibuster.
Originally, she said she would make a decision by Labor Day, but then her father's illness and subsequent death caused a delay in her process while she cared for him.
If she does run it will set up a matchup with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott who is the heavy favorite to win the GOP nomination, although he still has to defeat Tom Pauken. Pauken has been campaigning and shows no signs of giving up the fight.
While Davis has raised approximately $7 million, Abbott is ahead in the financial race with a war chest reportedly now in excess of $21 million.
Wendy Davis was one of four children who got married, divorced and then decided she wanted to become a paralegal. After enrolling in school, her goal swerved to lawyer and she graduated from Texas Christian University before graduating from Harvard Law School.
Davis was a Fort Worth city councilperson in 2008 when she defeated a 20-term incumbent to become the Democratic senator from Cowtown.
Political observers feel she will be up against a very formidable candidate in Attorney General Greg Abbott should they face off in the general election of November, 2014. Abbott has made quite a name for himself by successfully prosecuting the FLDS polygamist leaders in Texas for sexual assault, arguing successfully in front of the U.S. Supreme Court that Texas should be allowed to maintain its monument of the Ten Commandments in front of the State Capitol in Austin and otherwise fighting for religious liberties of Texans.
Texas polls show Abbott with a lead over Davis if the election were to be held today.
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