Wendy Davis Announces Run for Texas Governor

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — The worst-kept secret in Texas is no longer a secret at all. Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis has announced her intention to run for governor.

It was an 11-hour filibuster against strict, new abortion regulations that thrust her into a national spotlight — and earned her a legion of supporters and critics on either side of the abortion debate. But in announcing she’ll run for governor, Davis didn’t even mention abortion, focusing, instead, on education.

“Texas deserves a leader who understands that making education a priority creates good jobs for Texas,” she said.

Davis has already raised a million dollars in campaign contributions. Her presumptive Republican opponent, state Attorney General Greg Abbott — a well-connected figure who has been a paraplegic since a storm-related accident in 1984 — reportedly has $20 million campaign chest.

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