Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) has privately told Democrats in her home state that she will run for governor in 2014, according to knowledgeable Democrats who asked not to be identified because the announcement was not yet public.
Davis is also reaching out to the state’s Democratic House members in Washington, according to a Texas Democratic operative who asked not to be identified, asking for their cellphone numbers so she can make individual calls to each one.
Davis has already signaled her intention to run: earlier this month she sent an e-mail to her supporters urging them to spread the word to their friends and family she will be making a "big announcement" on Oct. 3.
After attracting national attention this summer for fighting a sweeping antiabortion bill in her state, Davis began considering a statewide political bid, but put any announcement on hold after her father was hospitalized last month.
Davis has raised money in Washington, D.C. as well as her home state, and according to Texas state records had received just over $1 million by the end of June. But she is still far behind Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is eyeing the post and has amassed a $20 million war chest.
Davis consultant Hector Nieto declined to comment on the matter in advance of her upcoming event.
“As Sen. Davis announced last week to grassroots supporters via email, she has made a decision, and she is looking forward to making that decision public on October 3,” he said.
Reid Wilson and Ed O'Keefe contributed to this report.