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SMU Expert:
Wendy Davis will draw attention, but not likely to win governor’s race

October 3, 2013

Matthew Wilson,
SMU Associate Professor of Political Science:

"I think her candidacy will generate a lot of attention and support from out-of-state donors, but that she has very little chance of actually winning.  For a Democrat to win in Texas in 2014, there would have to be unprecedented mobilization and enthusiasm among Latino voters. 

"An Anglo woman best known as an abortion champion doesn’t seem well positioned to achieve that.  Plus, her likely opponent, Greg Abbott, is an appealing figure who doesn’t carry the polarizing baggage of a Rick Perry."

From Politico


Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have begun informing influential Democrats that she intends to run for governor in 2014, according to multiple sources familiar with Davis’s conversations.

Wendy DavisThe Fort Worth legislator made a national name for herself in June when she mounted a filibuster against new proposed abortion clinic regulations. Texas Republicans ultimately passed those restrictions into law in a special session called by outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Davis advisers declined to confirm that she will enter the governor’s race, but Davis consultant Hector Nieto said the senator has made up her mind about 2014 and will unveil her plans next week.

State and national Democrats have wooed Davis over the past few months for the uphill campaign against Republican state Attorney General Greg Abbott, the presumptive GOP gubernatorial nominee. She signaled in an email to supporters this month that she would state her intentions for 2014 at an event at the beginning of October.

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