Post-Filibuster, Wendy Davis Rakes In $1.2M

But she won't announce if she'll run for governor for a few weeks

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 30, 2013 9:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – If Wendy Davis does decide to make a run for governor, she'll have some cash in her pockets to help fund the way. The Texas state senator raked in $1.2 million in the six weeks following her marathon filibuster, reports Politico. Most of it came from small donors—the average donation was $52—and some $470,000 arrived from outside Texas, with California and New York topping the list. (Among the notable donors: Anita Hill and Eugene Zagat.) It's a hefty sum, but still a long way from the more than $20 million drummed up by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the most likely Republican nominee.

A Democratic win in a state that's handed all of its statewide offices to Republicans for nearly two decades would be no easy task, the New York Times reports, but it sees other benefits to a Davis run: her rising star could be used to energize the party, and a bid for governor would force the Republican Governors Association to divert millions from more competitive races in other states. In an appearance two weeks ago, Davis told a crowd she was "very, very seriously considering" a run, adding, "I really think hard things are worth fighting for." She won't announce her decision for a few weeks.

In this June 26, 2013, file photo Sen. Wendy Davis celebrates as time runs out on an abortion bill in Austin, Texas.
In this June 26, 2013, file photo Sen. Wendy Davis celebrates as time runs out on an abortion bill in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-FortWorth, listens as the Texas Senate debate an abortion bill before the final vote, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Austin, Texas.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-FortWorth, listens as the Texas Senate debate an abortion bill before the final vote, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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