AUSTIN (KXAN) - State Sen. Wendy Davis is expected to announce she is running for governor.
The media and guests have been told to expect to hear from the senator around 5 p.m. at the Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City, the place the Fort Worth Democrat received her high school diploma.
A recent poll from Texas Lyceum shows Davis is 8 points behind Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott if the two were to square off in an election.
However, 50 percent of registered voters polled said they were not sure who they will support.
That is also assuming it is Abbott wins the Republican primary in the race to replace Rick Perry.
Tom Pauken, former member and chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, is challenging Abbott in the Republican primary.
Davis made a name for herself not only statewide but nationally when she mounted a filibuster against the proposed abortion restrictions back in June.
Prior to that, many in the Democrats wondered if their party would field a credible statewide candidate.
Insiders believe her personal story will attract voters - she used to live in a trailer park but went on to graduate with honors from Harvard Law School, she has been married and divorced, and has been a single mom.
Around the State Capitol she's well known for beating out veteran Republican Ken Brimer.
But in order to win the governor's seat candidates need money, something Abbott has a big advantage right now.
"He's sitting on $20 million and at last count she had a million dollars so he could just blow her out of the water with a big negative ad campaign is what experts are telling me if she doesn't come up with that," said Jay Root, who covers politics for the Texas Tribune.
The last campaign finance report showed Davis was well supported by small donors.
Political experts believe that’s a sign of a broad base of support that will attract donations nationally.
However they also believe that with only one million dollars in the bank she will need to raise about $30 million more to have an effective campaign.
If Davis were elected as governor she would be following in the foot steps of only two other women in Texas to hold the office - Miriam Ferguson and Ann Richards, both were also democrats.
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