AUSTIN, Texas -- State Sen. Wendy Davis, whose filibuster against Texas abortion restrictions gained her national fame, insists Democrats will be competitive in next year's statewide races but hasn't decided whether she'll be part of the slate of candidates for offices now dominated by Republicans.
Davis has been fielding congratulatory phone calls from around the world since her marathon filibuster last Tuesday that helped run out the clock on the special session and kill the anti-abortion bill. But she hasn't determined if she should seek re-election to the Senate or, as some have encouraged her, aim higher and perhaps run for governor.
"When we get through it, and I can lift my head up, and I'm back in my district with my constituents I will have more time to think about . . . [the future]," she told The Associated Press.
Since she first defeated a Republican incumbent in a swing district in 2008, she has shown Texas Democrats the charisma and fight needed to win statewide office.
Changing demographics also give Democrats hope as Hispanics and young people make up a larger proportion of eligible voters. Davis won her district by building a coalition of Hispanics, African-Americans and low-income whites. Combined, they make up the majority of Texans.
Davis said she dedicated her filibuster to people too often ignored by the Republican leadership. "Their voice mattered, and they made a difference," she said.