AUSTIN (KXAN) - State Sen. Wendy Davis will make an announcement on Oct. 3 about her future political plans. She has previously said she will run for either governor or re-election in 2014.
The Fort Worth Democrat gained international attention over the summer for her filibuster against legislation to restrict abortions in Texas. The event and days to follow drew thousands to the State Capitol both in support and protest of what some have called the strictest regulations in the nation.
“There’s one question I’ve gotten quite often in the past few months,” Davis said in an email. “I’ve heard it online, while I’m traveling around the state, from the media and in my Fort Worth neighborhood: What’s next? On October 3rd, I’ll be answering that question.”
Davis' campaign had hoped to keep word of her upcoming announcement under wraps until 9 a.m. Wednesday, but word began to leak out when her plans were posted on her campaign website, and then spiraled among supporters via social media.
Davis, 50, has been rumored to run for Democratic nomination for the state's highest office. The party has not won a statewide office in Texas in nearly two decades.
Davis delayed her decision after a third special session and the death her father. Other Democrats have been waiting for Davis' announcement before making their own statewide bids.
By posting the pre-announcement, which asks supporters to sign up for an email on Oct. 3 and then directs them to a fundraising page, the move by Davis bears the earmarks of a fledgling campaign for higher office.
The announcement that she would soon end speculation about her plans to 2014 were picked by several national news outlets, including Politico, The Washington Post, the Huffington Post and the Boston Herald.
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