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Office of Sen. Wendy Davis

With Republicans Greg Abbott and Tom Pauken already campaigning for governor, Texans want to know whether Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth will challenge them from the Democratic side.

Texas Tribune

It appears State Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster did more than temporarily derail the abortion bill.

It also sparked a fundraising frenzy that netted her $933,000 in the final two weeks of June.

That means Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, has more than one million dollars in the bank as she considers whether to run for governor.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott meanwhile collected  $4.78 million during the final two weeks of June and has more than $20 million available for his campaign.

Here’s the breakdown in donations provided by Davis’ office:

The Texas Senate spent another late night debating some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the nation. But this time, things turned out as expected.

Senators voted 19-11 to send the bill to Gov. Rick Perry for a signature. The Texas Tribune reports that thousands of protesters outside the Capitol erupted after the decision. But inside the chamber there was none of the raucous yelling and chanting that ran the clock out on the bill two and a half weeks ago.

In a major victory for the anti-abortion movement, the Texas state Senate passed a sweeping bill early Saturday that has become a flashpoint in the national abortion debate. Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign it in short order.

But the fight is not over. Abortion rights supporters say that the new law attempts to overturn Roe vs. Wade in Texas, and that's why they plan to take their fight to the courts.

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Update, Saturday 11 a.m.: Pro-abortion-rights protesters say they don't believe the DPS statement about feces and urine, and the Texas Tribune couldn't find a single DPS officer who reported confiscating bodily fluids.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

The “Stand With Texas Women” bus tour parked in the middle of a sea of orange in Fort Worth Wednesday night.

Senator Wendy Davis along with other North Texas Democrats and hundreds of pro-choice activists gathered to rally for women’s rights.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT News

The steps of the state Capitol were awash in orange and blue Monday night as the Texas House prepares for the abortion bill to come to the floor Tuesday.

After pro-choice activists packed the Capitol and helped kill abortion restrictions two weeks ago, the right-to-life crowd is leaving nothing to chance.

State Sen. Wendy Davis (and her sneakers) got the headlines, but it took thousands more voices to shout down the Texas Senate's abortion restrictions this week. The Texas Tribune has an in-depth look at how the protests came together. And don't miss this nugget deep in the story: “I turned my hearing aids all the way down and I still got deaf from the noise,” said David Plylar of San Antonio, who attended the protests with his wife. “But it was a happy noise.”

Texas Governor Rick Perry's office / Flickr

Gov. Rick Perry had some harsh words Thursday for pro-choice protesters and state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Fort Worth Democrat whose 10-hour filibuster helped kill a bill restricting abortions.

KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports from the National Right to Life Convention in Dallas that Perry said the crowd at the Capitol “hijacked the democratic process.” Here's a video of his speech:

Overnight, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became a national political name and a hero to abortion-rights supporters around the country.

The hashtag #StandWithWendy took off into the social-media stratosphere: Even a certain White House tweeter joined the party. Buzzfeed takes a look at how Wendy-mania took hold.

Dallas Morning News colleague Christy Hoppe provides a timeline of events that concluded in a raucous public display in the Senate gallery. The loud outburst essentially extended Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster and ran out the clock on signing the abortion bill before the midnight deadline. Question now: Will Governor Perry call another special session?

State of Texas

Senator Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, says she’s prepared to filibuster to block new restrictions on abortion. 

Early this morning the House passed a bill that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Senate Republicans who favor the restrictions were unable to suspend the rules to vote on the restrictions this afternoon. 

That puts the Republicans in a race against the clock to pass the restrictions before the special session ends tomorrow at midnight.

The Senate takes up the contentious abortion issue again at 7:00 tonight.