Liveblog: A Big Announcement From Wendy Davis!

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Today's the day Texans have been waiting decades for — a chance to toss off failed Republican leadership and elect a Governor who will stand up for everyone in our state and make sure every Texan has a chance at success!

At least, that's what we hope Wendy Davis announces today.

Davis is making her announcement at the Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum, where she received her high school diploma. Expect the location to foreground Davis's own tremendous personal narrative of going from a trailer park as a single mother to Harvard Law School and now possibly the governor's mansion.

BOR's Ben Sherman and Shelby Alexander will be reporting from Fort Worth, where doors to the big announcement are scheduled to open at 3:00 p.m.

Below the jump, follow along with our liveblog and keep on top of all of the action!  Liveblog updates run at the top of the page.

Update 5:55 pm from Katie:

What an incredible afternoon. Wendy Davis delivered an inspiring speech, and we're thrilled that she's running for governor. We're closing down the live blog for now, but we can't wait to see what comes next. Team Wendy all the way!

Update 5:40 pm from Katie:

Fellow Texas Democrats have already started voicing their support for Wendy.

Update 5:22 pm from Katie:

Wendy Davis just finished her speech and is leaving the stage.

Update 5:20 pm from Ben:

Update 5:18 pm from Ben:


Update 5:15 pm from Ben:

Update 5:12 pm from Katie:

Wendy just said it–she's running for governor!

Update 5:10 pm from Ben:

Update 5:04 pm from Katie:

Wendy has taken the stage!

Update 5:00 pm from Ben:

Update 4:59 pm from Ben:

Update 4:55 pm from Ben:

Update 4:55 pm from Katherine:

A photo of the press section:

Meanwhile, a press release from the Davis campaign just dropped: it's official, she's running for Governor!

Update 4:46 pm from Ben:

Update 4:42 pm from Ben:

Commissioner Ray Brooks gives an invocation for Texans to band together to elect an “anchor” so we can educate our children, provide opportunity, and provide equal rights

Update 4:41 pm from Katie:

The program is starting! If you're not sure where to watch Wendy's announcement, here's a list of sites that are live streaming the event:

The Texas Tribune




Update 4:35 pm from Katherine:

Friend of BOR Michael Li shared this photo from the stands in Haltom City. WENDY!

Update 4:24 p.m. from Katie:

Democrats in Georgetown — that's Williamson County, y'all — are getting ready for Wendy!

Update 4:22 p.m. from Katherine:

Here's the scene at Scholz Garten in Austin, where a capacity crowd is waiting to watch the livestream of Wendy's announcement. The energy and excitement is tangible. Texas Democrats haven't been this excited and ready to get to work in decades.

Update 4:19 p.m. from Katie:

Here's a picture from the San Antonio watch party:

Update 4:16 p.m. from Ben:

Every seat is getting steadily filled. The atmosphere is electric.

Update 4:08 p.m. from Ben:

Bill and Linda Peeples from Kaufman County support Wendy Davis because they like what she stands for and how long she stands for it!

Update 4:00 p.m. from Ben:

Joe Estelle supports Wendy Davis because she's always opposed the path to the bottom Rick Perry and Greg Abbott have led Texas down.

Update 3:55p.m. from Ben:

The long line is a great opportunity to organize supporters! People are signing up to volunteer with the campaign.

Update 3:49 p.m. from Ben:

Fran from Arlingon supports Wendy Davis because it's time for someone who wants to actually change Texas for the better.

Update 3:40 p.m. from Shelby:

Omar Narvaez is the President for the Stonewall Dems of Dallas County. He said he's here for Wendy because she's the right person to convey progressive values like equal pay, equal rights, equality for immigrants, and equality for people of color, and that now is the right time for her to run.

Update 3:34 p.m. from Shelby:

The arena is filling up as Tom Petty's “Won't Back Down” plays on the PA system.

Update 3:27 p.m. from Ben:

There's a long line to get inside. People are excited to hear Wendy.

Update 3:23 p.m. from Shelby:

We're here! Everything is beautiful. We're about to go inside.

Update 3:11 p.m. from Katie:

Wendy Davis's campaign website made a quick appearance online, but was quickly taken down. The Texas Tribune's Alana Rocha managed to get a screenshot:

Update 3:04 p.m. from Ben:

The stage on which Senator Davis will make her announcement:

Update 2:59 p.m. from Katherine:

Annie's List is in Haltom City, ready for the big announcement:

Few organizations are as excited about Wendy or are owed as much thanks for helping her get to this point than Annie's List, an organization dedicated to electing Democratic women in Texas. They helped Wendy in her first Senate race in 2008, in which she bested long-time incumbent Kim Brimer. They've continued to fundraise and support her since then, and were among the powerful groups publicly urging Wendy to get into the race.

Update 2:50 p.m. from Ben:

Hundreds of people are lining up outside the stadium, atmosphere very positive and excited.

Update 2:42 p.m. from Katherine:

CNN's Peter Hamby has a piece up about eight reasons to be optimistic about Wendy's chances. It's a very thorough listing of the advantages that Wendy's campaign team can exploit as they look for a way to narrow the gap and do what no Democrat in Texas has done in almost 20 years:

She has an opening, according to Jim Henson, the director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas, and Joshua Blank, the project's pollster.

As the pair recently wrote in the Texas Tribune, suburban women have been trending away from the GOP in recent years. In late 2010, a University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found that 50% of suburban women identified as Republicans. Two years later, 43% called themselves Republicans. And in their most recent survey, in June of this year, the number had dropped to 38%. Over the same three-year span, the number of suburban women calling themselves Democrats jumped from 37% for 46%.

Update 2:32 p.m. from Katie:

Excitement is spreading across the state as people prepare for Wendy's big announcement. Those who can't make it to Fort Worth aren't letting that get in their way. Democrats are hosting parties all over Texas to watch the live stream of Wendy's announcement.

State Rep. Donna Howard and the Travis County Democratic Party are hosting Team Wendy supporters in Austin:

Meanwhile, Battleground Texas is organizing a party in San Antonio:

Even Democrats in Victoria are joining the action:

The enthusiasm is building–Texans are ready for a change.

Update 2:15 p.m. from Katherine:

The Texas Tribune will be live-streaming the event starting at 4:30 p.m. on their website.

Update 2:07 p.m. from Katherine:

Much of the coverage of Wendy's announcement centers on whether she can win. One of the better analyses on that topic comes from Mary Beth Rogers, writing in Texas Observer. Rogers managed Ann Richards' campaign in 1990 and served as her chief of staff for two years. So, she offers a valid perspective:

“…with a little good luck and her well-disciplined, numbers-based campaign that focuses on the record of Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis can pull off a major upset victory-just as Ann Richards did. She has the right mixture of courage, intelligence, and political savvy to make it happen.”

Worth a read while we wait for Wendy.

Update 2:00 p.m. from Katherine:

Twitter has been abuzz all day with anticipation that Wendy Davis will announce that she's running for Governor. Cecile Richards, daughter of the last woman elected to lead Texas, shared a poignant photo:

The folks at EMILY's List gave us a giggle:


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