Democratic staffer says Wendy Davis will run for Congress

Democratic staffer says Wendy Davis will run for Congress
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Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) will run for Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Trump congratulates China on anniversary as GOP lawmakers decry communist rule Texas Republicans sound alarm about rapidly evolving state MORE’s (R-Texas) seat in 2020, a staffer for Rep. Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaA dozen House Democrats call on EU ambassador to resign amid Ukraine scandal Here are the Democrats who aren't co-sponsoring an assault weapons ban DCCC faces mass staff shakeup: 'It's the Monday Night Massacre' MORE (D-Texas) told the Austin American-Statesman.

“Wendy spoke to the congressman directly that she plans on running,” Vela’s press secretary Abigail Sheppard told the newspaper.

The district, which has historically gone to Republicans, is a top target for Democrats after candidate Joseph Kopser came within 3 points of flipping the seat in 2018. Kopser has already announced he will not seek the seat in 2020.

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Davis, who first made national headlines in 2013 for a 13-hour filibuster against anti-abortion legislation, was the state’s Democratic nominee for governor in 2014, losing to Gov. Greg Abbott (R) by about 20 points.

She said on the podcast “The Rabble: TX Politics for the Unruly Mob” in March that she was considering a run, saying, “Joseph Kopser gave a valiant effort [in 2018] — worked so, so hard and came very, very close. Can we do it for 2020?"

"I want to make sure that we have the ability to win it, and I believe we do," she said. "And, I want to believe I'm the right person to help us do that.”

Davis is already attracting high-profile support for the bid, according to The Texas Tribune, with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals' MORE (D-Calif.) set to co-host a meeting with Davis and potential supporters along with nine of the 13 Democrats representing Texas.

The invitation does not specifically identify Davis as a candidate or ask for donations, but says the event is “in support of her campaign for Texas CD21,” according to the Tribune.

Other members of Democratic leadership present will include House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings House chairman: Pompeo not complying with impeachment inquiry Sunday shows - Second whistleblower grabs spotlight MORE (N.Y.) and Caucus Vice Chairwoman Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkMassachusetts Democrats call for 100 percent fentanyl screening of international mail from 'high-risk' nations Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries MORE (Mass.), according to the Tribune.