Democrat Wendy Davis of Texas running for Congress in 2020
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrat Wendy Davis announced Monday that she will run for Congress in 2020, five years after badly losing a run for governor that was propelled by her 13-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in the state Capitol.
Davis will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Chip Roy, who made headlines in May for single-handedly blocking $19 billion in disaster aid over protests that it didn’t include money to address the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. The spending bill ultimately passed, but not before Roy’s delay frustrated lawmakers on both sides.
He was narrowly elected to Congress last year and now has a high-profile opponent in Davis, whose popularity among Democrats has endured after she lost the Texas governor’s race by 20 points in 2014 to Republican Greg Abbott. Since that defeat, the GOP’s dominance in Texas has weakened, and Davis’ return to the ballot is the latest sign of renewed Democratic optimism in the Lone Star State. ...
... becoming an overnight Democratic sensation when — wearing pink running shoes on the floor of the Texas Senate — Davis stood for 13 consecutive hours to temporarily block a sweeping anti-abortion measure. ...
Previously a state senator from Fort Worth, Davis is now running in a booming congressional district that stretches from Austin to San Antonio. Roy won the district by less than 3 percentage points and House Democrats’ campaign committee had already considered him a prime target for next year.
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