Wendy Davis begins the long hello

AUSTIN, TX

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.

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