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Davis Campaign Fund Tops $1 Million, But Still No Announcement About Her Plans

David Martin Davies
TPR News

Fort Worth Sen. Wendy Davis' campaign fund is growing fast, leading many interested Democrats to believe she will make a run for the governor's office in 2014.

According to a campaign finance report issued by Davis' office, she has received nearly $1 million in donations, and that number is steadily growing.

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said the prospect of Davis making a run for the governorship continues to look promising.

"I think she’s getting a lot of encouragement, not just the state of Texas, but also people from all over the country. I know MoveOn.org contributed a quarter of a million dollars to her, she’s had people reaching out to her from Hollywood," Hinojosa said.

He is predicting that Davis will become a nationwide symbol for women in the next election, should she decide to enter the race.

Hinojosa said a large chunk of the money has come from Democrats that helped President Barack Obama’s campaign, including Houston billionaire Steve Mostyn and his wife, the owner of Annie’s List.

Though the major donors have helped, the largest chunk of money has come from individual Texas donors that each have pledged less than $50 -- that total was just over $500,000 within a two-week period.

Even with that surge, Davis' campaign fund is nowhere near Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s, which is over $20 million and growing.

"Let me tell you this," Hinojosa said, "compare the amount of money that Barack Obama had when he started running against Hillary to the amount of money she had, he started with nothing."

Hinojosa said Davis' potential gubernatorial campaign cannot depend on the Latino community because he she is not as well known, but that may be changing as she has spent a large amount of time in San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley in the last two weeks and is scheduled to speak in those sections of the state again in the coming weeks.