The organization, which backs pro-abortion-rights Democratic women, has been helping Davis with her national fundraising efforts ever since her filibuster against a bill that would limit abortion access in the state. Their efforts helped elevate her status with national Democrats.

"EMILY's List knew Wendy Davis was a tireless and courageous fighter for Texas women and families even before she spoke out for an inspiring 13 hours against the extreme anti-woman agenda," says EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock in the endorsement. "Her impressive record of championing equal pay for women, vital education funding, and voting rights shows her deep commitment to giving all Texans a fair shot. ... The EMILY’s List community of more than two million members is eager to lace up our sneakers and help this passionate and steadfast leader become Texas’ next governor."

Davis faces an uphill battle in the heavily Republican state against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), who already has $20 million in the race. No Democrat has won statewide office in more than a decade, but Democrats are hopeful she'll be able to do better than other recent nominees in the state — and the organization's support will be key to her raising the $40 million campaign allies say she'll need for the race.