Harris to make hard Texas push, recruits key O'Rourke aide: report
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate 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'RourkeABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Harris to appear in CNN climate town hall after backlash 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 LeeJackson Lee: 'Racism is a national security threat' Most oppose cash reparations for slavery: poll Poll: Most Americans oppose reparations MORE, Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDanish prime minister: Trump's idea to buy Greenland 'absurd'  Juan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts We need a climate plan for agriculture MORE and Colin Allred.

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 CruzIs this any way for NASA to build a lunar lander? GOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 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.

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.”