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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 05: Texas State Sen. Wendy David (D) talks with guests at the head table before speaking at the National Press Club August 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. Davis, who entered the national spotlight after holding a filibuster on a Texas abortion bill, spoke on the political climate in Texas and Washington during her remarks. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Texas State Sen. Wendy David (D) talks with guests at the head table before speaking at the National Press Club August 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. Davis, who entered the national spotlight after holding a filibuster on a Texas abortion bill, spoke on the political climate in Texas and Washington during her remarks. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (AP) — Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis has announced that she will make clear her future plans on Oct. 3.

Despite the attempt to build suspense, though, the roar of the political machine behind her betrays that she’s already started a campaign for governor that could have national implications.

Davis’ charisma and national fundraising capacity will help re-energize Democrats across the state. If she is loses with 48 percent of the vote in a non-presidential year, she’ll leave behind a party organization capable of turning out 4 million Democrats. That will have laid the groundwork to make Texas competitive in the 2016 presidential election.

And turning the second most-populous state with 20 media markets into a battleground state would accomplish a lot.

Democrats, though, insist they are in this election to win.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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