Reports out today indicate abortion superstar Wendy Davis, who rose to national infamy by leading the filibuster against a bill to ban late-term abortions in Texas, will run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014.
During a speech and press conference last week, Davis called abortion “sacred ground” and indicated she may run for governor. Later, she indicated she thinks pro-life women “don’t understand” abortion and she showed she has no understanding of the Kermit Gosnell case.
Davis has previously indicated she won’t announce until Labor Day, but one top Texas lobbyist indicates Davis is a definite yes on a gubernatorial bid in part because she would face a tough re-election battle in her state Senate district
Credible sources tell me that Sen. Wendy Davis will run for Governor in 2014 and not seek reelection to Texas Senate District 10. It will set up a high stakes match-up with Attorney General Greg Abbott in the November 4, 2014, general election.
Sen. Davis has been elected twice in SD 10, so it clearly is a winnable race — but tough. Sen. Davis is now a national figure for Texas Democrats, and a senate reelection run would draw in national money both for and against her. If she is going to have a tough nationalized race, she would prefer it be for Governor.
The last Democrat to be elected Texas Governor was Ann Richards in 1990. Since then, the Democratic nominee has received the following percentage of the vote: 1994 – Richards 45.7%; 1998 – Mauro 31.2%; 2002 – Sanchez 40%; 2006 – Bell 29.8%; 2010 – White 42.3%. Public Policy Polling released a poll July 2, 2013, showing General Abbott leading Sen. Davis 48% to 40%, and the same poll had Gov. Perry leading Sen. Davis 53% to 39%. Texas is still a deeply red state, and running for Governor as a Democrat in Texas is a steep uphill climb.
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John Seago, lobbyist for Texas Right to Life, and Billy Valentine of the Susan B. Anthony List, both welcomed a Davis bid because they think she’ll lose.
— John Seago (@Johnseago) August 12, 2013
— Billy Valentine (@valentinebilly) August 12, 2013