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Filibuster Superwoman Wendy Davis May Run for Governor of Texas

The rising state senator has been a champion of woman's rights, abortion access, and could help paint Texas blue.

Democratic strategists are urging Texas state senator Wendy Davis, who rose to national fame after her 11-hour filibuster in protest of abortion restrictions, to run for governor next year, the New York Times reported.

Davis has generated increasing support with liberal groups who view the rising star as having the potential to revitalize the Democratic Party and help turn the state blue, an electoral swing that many have said would be the death blow to the national Republican party.

According to campaign finance reports, Davis raised $1.2 million in six weeks following her June filibuster against an abortion bill considered by Texas legislature.  The incident drew national media attention, prompting calls from supporters for a statewide run.

“Probably the biggest benefit of this filibuster is Wendy is known statewide and she’s known as a fighter, and that plays very well in Texas,” Matt Angle, adviser to Ms. Davis, told the New York Times.

As Davis' filibuster progressed, Texans and the rest of the United States began to take notice:

"In a state that sorely needed it, a few Texas Democrats put their foot down on the issue of women's reproductive rights and in the process likely awoke a sleeping giant. By the time the sun had set, #SB5 and #StandWithWendy was trending on Twitter and even Barack Obama's official account lent support,” Huffpost reported.

A 'Davis campaign' would force the Republic Governor’s Association to divert millions to Texas from other competitive races in Ohio, Florida and Michigan, according to New York Times.

Although Davis faces a steep uphill battle (no Democrat has won statewide office in Texas in over two decades), the shifting demographics of the state are increasingly suggesting the possibility of Democractic victories in the once staunchly Republican state. She is expected to announce her decision after Labor Day.


Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.


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