Wendy Davis prepares to launch Texas gubernatorial bid next month

Texas Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Texas Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is almost ready to announce her gubernatorial bid -- but first she will expand her social network just a little bit more.

In an e-mail sent to her supporters Wednesday morning, Davis -- who garnered national attention this summer for fighting a sweeping antiabortion bill in her state -- wrote she will be "answering the question" of what's next for her career on Oct. 3. But before making her formal announcement, she posed a question of her own: "Do you have any friends or family who would like to be among the first to know?

"Share this on Facebook and tweet it to your followers to let your friends know how they can sign up to receive the news early," the missive continues. "I truly appreciate all the work that you -- my grassroots team -- have done for me thus far. And I’m excited about what we can do together in the future. Thank you for all of your support -- and thanks for spreading the word!"

Davis had initially planned to announce whether she would run for governor this month, but delayed making a decision to focus on her father, who was hospitalized last month after having abdominal surgery.

A Democrat who has been in touch with Davis' camp said the state senator was on the precipice of running for governor, asking not to be identified because the announcement was not official yet.

With Gov. Rick Perry's (R) retirement, the contest will be an open-seat race. But Davis--who has raised money in Washington D.C. as well as her home state -- still lags well behind Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is eyeing the post and has amassed a $20 million war chest.

Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.
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