5:24: Crowd slowly filing out while "Brave" by Sara Bareilles plays. Lots of people still hanging out to wave signs for the cameras. Could have been "Won't Back Down," so I'll take it.
As far as turnout goes, by the end of the event, the seats were probably about 80 percent full. Not a sell-out crowd, but between the seated and standing areas, still a sizeable turnout. (And now, of course, it is "Won't Back Down," because what campaign would be complete without it?) If any of the protestors outside of the coliseum did decide to go inside, none of them made an outburst.
So, with a 15-minute speech, Senator Davis announces her intent to become Governor Davis. She didn't mention women's health or abortion once, which is to be expected—everybody knows where she stands on those things, and her campaign will hinge on having something else to say that resonates with people. Recalling her 2011 filibuster on education was a nice way to nod to the event that made her a star, while also reminding people that she's been passionate about more than abortion for a while.
5:16: Leading the crowd in a series of lines that end with a chant of "We will keep going," which people seem happy to get in on. A good line about Texas being "a little less lone, and a little more star." And with that, she's done.
5:13: Time to amend the August cover of the magazine...
5:11: And it's officially official: "I'm proud to announce my candidacy to be the 48th Governor of the State of Texas!" Crowd erupts at that, and at every subsequent line for the next couple minutes. "Good is never good enough"? Huge cheers. "Texans do not want to sit back and watch Austin turned into Washington DC"? Another one. This is an enthusiastic crowd.