Harris to make hard Texas push, recruits key O'Rourke aide: report
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Fox's Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be 'World War III of political battles' Rush Limbaugh encourages Senate to skip hearings for Trump's SCOTUS nominee MORE (D-Calif.) is traveling to campaign in Texas this week, making an aggressive move into the Lone Star State soon after former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeJimmy Carter says his son smoked pot with Willie Nelson on White House roof O'Rourke endorses Kennedy for Senate: 'A champion for the values we're most proud of' 2020 Democrats do convention Zoom call MORE (D-Texas) announced his 2020 run, Politico reported on Thursday.

Harris will meet Friday with Tarrant County Democrats and then hold a rally at Texas Southern University in Houston on Saturday, according to Politico.

Harris has also reached out to several Texas Democrats who are members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Reps. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeHillicon Valley: Murky TikTok deal raises questions about China's role | Twitter investigating automated image previews over apparent algorithmic bias | House approves bill making hacking federal voting systems a crime House approves legislation making hacking voting systems a federal crime Lawmakers press CDC for guidance on celebrating Halloween during pandemic MORE, Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe Memo: Trump's race tactics fall flat Trump administration ending support for 7 Texas testing sites as coronavirus cases spike The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Miami mayor worries about suicide and domestic violence rise; Trump-governor debate intensifies MORE and Colin Allred.

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Texas will hold its primary on March 3, the same day as California, Harris's home state. 

"There is no state in America we will cede to anyone," a senior campaign official told the publication. "We see a lot of opportunity to deepen support with African American and Latino communities and to expand into suburban areas where Democrats are resurgent."

Harris has also hired Shelby Cole, the top digital aide of O’Rourke’s 2018 Senate campaign, as digital fundraising director, according to Politico.

O'Rourke came close to defeating Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Washington on edge amid SCOTUS vacancy Murkowski: Supreme Court nominee should not be taken up before election Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE (R-Texas) in last year's Senate race, thanks in part to a big social media push.

Harris's campaign did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Hill.

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O'Rourke is now one of two Texas candidates in the race for the Democratic nomination, along with former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro. 

Several other Harris hires also have deep Texas ties, including her communications director, Lily Adams, the granddaughter of former Gov. Ann Richards (D), and her online organizing director, Jose Nunez, a San Antonio native who has worked for former Texas Rep. Leticia Van de Putte (D).

Harris fundraised off of O’Rourke’s March 14 campaign announcement, calling the number of entrants into the race “greatly encouraging for the future of our country.”