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East Texans gather to support Wendy Davis' gubernatorial bid

Senator Wendy Davis (Source: Facebook) Senator Wendy Davis (Source: Facebook)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The race for the Texas Governor's mansion began taking shape on Thursday, with State Senator Wendy Davis announcing her candidacy for the Democratic party.

In Tyler, about 50 people held a watch party, live streaming Davis' announcement from Haltom City, outside of Fort Worth.

That party was organized by a group called, "Battleground Texas," an organization whose mission is to turn Texas into a blue state.

The group has political ties to President Barack Obama's campaign and is hoping Davis will be that first step in changing politics in the state.

Inside the party, the group erupted into cheers, chanting, "Wendy! Wendy! Wendy!," when she made the official announcement that she would be running.

"She's an average mom," said Davis supporter Kenneth Adams. "She was a single parent, got her education and kept going."

"She seems to be open minded and seems to care about all walks of life and different kinds of people," said supporter Donna Eaves. "I think that's an important characteristic if you're going to be governing others."

Immediately after Davis' announcement, Texas Attorney General and Republican candidate Greg Abbott tweeted that he believes Davis would usher in Obama policies into Texas, adding that he believed she would be bad for the state.

The other Republican contender Tom Pauken said that while he disagrees with Davis, she is a force that should be reckoned with in the race.

Were Davis to be elected, she would be the first Democrat in 18 years to obtain a statewide office in Texas. The current front-runner for Republicans Greg Abbott has already raised more than $25 million dollars, while Davis reported just over $1 million in July.

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