Wendy Davis is running for Texas governor!

Updated: We’ve been hoping for and anticipating this news for a while, but it’s finally here: Wendy Davis just announced that she is running for Texas governor:

“Thirty-two years ago, I walked across this stage, the granddaughter of farmers from Muleshoe, Texas, who could only afford to rent the land they farmed,” Davis said at the Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City, Texas, the same venue where she received her high school diploma.

“I had no real idea what the future looked like. Today, I see it pretty clearly. It’s looking right at me. It’s you. It’s all of you. And all of you deserve to have your voices heard. Because our future is brightest when it’s lit by everyone’s star. And that’s why, today, I’m proud to announce my candidacy to be the 48th governor of this great state.”

Davis became a shero around these parts when she filibustered an extreme anti-choice bill in the state Senate this June. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot is expected to be the Republican candidate. He’s already got close to $25 million in campaign funding, and is strongly anti-abortion, though he only leads by single digits in the latest polls. Texas Right to Life is already planning to target Davis with an anti-choice ad. Davis will have a hard campaign ahead of her. But we saw the feminist army rise up in Texas this spring, and I believe they can get Wendy Davis elected. We’ll have more coverage of this campaign as it moves ahead.

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