It's official – Fort Worth State Sen. Wendy Davis is running for governor of Texas.
Davis made the announcement in front of a raucous crowd of supporters in Haltom City at the Wylie G. Thomas Coliseum, where she received her high school diploma.
"Texas is a place where we aim high and take big risks," Davis said during her speech to supporters.
The Fort Worth lawmaker gained nationwide fame after her 12-hour-plus filibuster against an abortion restrictions bill at the end of the first special session in June. The clock ran out on the bill, but it was quickly reintroduced and passed in a second special session in July.
The filibuster rallied statewide Democrats and also conservatives in Texas, who have said they will work to defeat Davis.
Davis' likely opponent is Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has already declared his candidacy as a Republican candidate. Ex-GOP chairman Tom Pauken is also running in the Republican primary.
Democrats haven't had a candidate win statewide office since 1994. The last Democratic governor was Ann Richards, who won in 1990.
Davis represents the Democrats' best shot at the governor's office in a generation. Her story – a single mom who lived in a trailer park and eventually graduated from TCU and Harvard Law School – has Democrats inspired and believing they have a chance.
Davis has won two elections in a Republican-leaning Fort Worth district for her State Senate seat. Political analysts say this crossover appeal is necessary to win in a state that is still a Republican state.
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