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Texas Dems gear up for possible Davis gubernatorial run
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Texas Dems gear up for possible Davis gubernatorial run

  • Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis addresses the Stand with Texas Women Rally crowd at the state Capitol the first day of the second special session.
    Callie Richmond/Texas TribuneTexas state Sen. Wendy Davis addresses the Stand with Texas Women Rally crowd at the state Capitol the first day of the second special session.

Though speculation is still rampant on Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' possible run for governor, some Democratic groups aren't waiting for her call before pledging their support. 

Annie's List, a political group that supports Democratic female candidates, announced the launch of WeWantWendyDavis.com on Tuesday after reserving the domain name earlier this week.

"Besides wanting to show Wendy Davis that she has a broad network of people who want her to run, we wanted to also ask people what they wanted to do to help her," said executive director Grace Ann Garcia. "We consider this an online recruiting effort on our part."

The website allows supporters to fill out a form indicating opportunities to support a possible gubernatorial bid, including hosting house parties, volunteering and donating money.

"We know that she's looking at [a run for the governor's office]," said Garcia, citing Davis' comments at the National Press Club last week.  "We just thought we'd help her a little bit."

Battleground Texas, a Democratic campaign to make the heavily Republican state politically competitive, is also ramping up for a possible run, emailing supporters Tuesday with a petition to encourage Davis to run for governor.

"It's clear that if Texas Democrats want any chance of beating Attorney General Greg Abbott and his multi-million dollar war chest next November, we need somebody strong to take on the challenge. I think Wendy's just the right woman for the job," executive director Jenn Brown wrote in the email. "But before she makes a decision, Wendy needs to know that you're behind her."

The petition also offers a free "I want Wendy" sticker to signees.

But if Davis chooses to run for her state Senate seat again, she will still have a wellspring of support, Garcia said.

"It will be a targeted race — it's a swing district," she said. "We'll support her in her re-election battle" if need be, she added.

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