AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Wendy Davis, the Democratic Texas state senator who staged a filibuster against sweeping abortion restrictions, announced on Thursday in an email to supporters that she will run for Texas governor.
"As Texans, we believe that with hard work, determination, and a little old-fashioned common sense, we can build a better future for ourselves and our families," reads the email sent at 4:49 p.m. local time (CST).
Davis, 50, gained national attention when she talked for nearly 11 hours on the Texas Senate floor in June to temporarily block new restrictions on abortion. If she wins the governor's race, she would be the first Democrat elected to statewide office in Texas in nearly 20 years.
(Reporting by Karen Brooks; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)
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