Women

10.03.13

Wendy Davis Running for Texas Governor

After abortion filibuster shot her to stardom.

To paraphrase the words of one of the people who introduced her, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is changing out of her pink sneakers and into combat boots. Davis announced her bid for governor at an event in the Fort Worth suburb of Haltom City. She gave an 11-hour filibuster of SB-5 in July, going against a proposal to ban abortions after 20 weeks, which sparked nationwide debate. In her gubernatorial announcement, she touched upon education and her single-mom background and promised a “better tomorrow for everyone.” Some believe that Davis can mobilize Democrats in Texas, a traditionally red state. Pro-life groups are already gearing up attack ads against Davis, set to start airing this weekend. A poll puts Davis behind her likely Republican challenger, 29 percent to 21 percent.