Davis ‘Very Seriously’ Eyes Texas Governor’s Race: Emily’s List

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Texas State Sen. Wendy David (D) listens to questions after speaking at the National Press Club on August 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Written by Alison Vekshin in San Francisco

Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who has gone from a 13-hour filibuster against an anti-abortion bill to the September issue of Vogue, says she is “very seriously” considering a run for governor. Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn’t running again, and Democrat Davis is gauging her level of support.

Davis, of Fort Worth, arrived to a standing ovation during her introduction at a panel in San Francisco hosted by Emily’s List, the organization that raises campaign cash for Democratic women who back abortion rights.

The sold-out event drew more than 250 people — almost all women — with tickets ranging from $150 to $5,000.

“I’m looking very, very seriously at that right now,” Davis, 50, said of the governor’s race before being interrupted by cheers and applause. “I’m in the process of trying to assure right now that I’m going to have my partners on the road that this will be for the next 14 months and that it’s a race that is a winnable one.”

Davis garnered national attention — an instant Twitter success at #StandwithWendy — after delivering a marathon monologue from the floor of the Lone Star State’s Senate on June 25 aimed at derailing legislation to shut almost all the state’s abortion clinics and ban the procedure after 20 weeks. The anti-abortion measure later passed in another special session called by Perry.

“I do think that really hard things are worth fighting for and I think that we have a real opportunity in the state of Texas,” Davis said at the Emily’s List event.

Davis received $933,471 in political contributions from January 1 through June 30, according to a July 15 report filed with the Texas Ethics Commission. She has said that she either will seek re-election or run for governor.

Battleground Texas, an organization attempting to turn red Texas blue, is recruiting her to run for governor with a “We Want Wendy” campaign, supported by the Democratic Party of Texas.

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