Davis takes national stage with gubernatorial bid

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis is expected to announce her bid for Texas governor on Thursday.

When she does, she'll be speaking not only to Texans but also national Democratic fundraisers she'll need to compete in the predominantly Republican state.

Davis gained national attention when she filibustered an abortion bill in June. Democratic activists toasted her at parties in New York, San Francisco and Washington. Now, she will see if they will help with her campaign or spend their money in other states where Democrats face tighter races.

Communications director for the Democratic Governors' Association, Danny Kanner, says supporters see a path to victory. He said if Davis generates early excitement, she'll get the money.

Her main opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, already has $25 million to her $1.3 million.

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