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.   (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.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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