Davis takes national stage with gubernatorial bid

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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 12:00 am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - When Wendy Davis walks into the coliseum where she received her high school diploma on Thursday to announce a bid to become Texas governor, she will also walk onto a national stage from which she'll call on Democrats from across the country to help finance her long-shot bid.

Davis staged a nearly 13-hour filibuster in June to stop a law imposing strict new restrictions on how, where and when a woman can obtain an abortion. The live stream of her standing next to her desk and speaking - and the roaring crowd that disrupted the Senate debate for the last 15 minutes of the special legislative session - made her a political celebrity. In the following weeks, Democratic fundraisers feted her at parties in Washington, New York and San Francisco.

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