Harris to make hard Texas push, recruits key O'Rourke aide: report
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKrystal Ball: Media turns on Buttigieg, will this end him? Senate Democrats demand Trump fire Stephen Miller The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - A crucial week on impeachment 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'RourkeButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Klobuchar hires staff in Nevada Deval Patrick enters 2020 race 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 LeeOvernight Defense: Trump leaves door open to possible troop increase in Middle East | Putin offers immediate extension of key nuclear treaty Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing Lawmakers honor JFK on 56th anniversary of his death MORE, Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenFeehery: Losing faith in the people and the Constitution Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill 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 CruzHouston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence FBI head rejects claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference GOP counsel says both Ukraine, Russia interfered in 2016 U.S. elections 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.”