Here's How Much Texas Democrat Wendy Davis Raised on the First Day of Her Campaign for Congress

Former state senator Wendy Davis has raised more than $250,000 within 24 hours of launching her campaign to unseat Republican Chip Roy in Texas' 21st Congressional District, her campaign announced Tuesday.About 82% of the donations came from donors in Texas, and 87% were $50 or less, according to Davis' campaign. "This just shows the level of grassroots excitement there is behind Wendy's campaign," campaign manager Malcolm Phelan said in a news release. "People want to know they have someone in their corner who is focused on them and their families."Davis will have to defeat two primary opponents — Democrats Bruce Boville and Jennie Lou Leeder — to move on to the general election against Roy. Roy raised more than $412,000 in the second quarter of this year and has more than $655,000 in cash on hand. He's expected to face a tough reelection battle after beating Democrat Joseph Kosper by only 3 percentage points in 2018. Since arriving in Congress, Roy has made headlines for keeping the House in session until 4 a.m. last month and delaying a bipartisan disaster relief bill in May.In the Texas Legislature, Davis represented a Fort Worth district now held by Democrat Beverly Powell. She rose to national prominence in 2013 when she staged a 13-hour filibuster to kill a bill that restricted abortion.The campaign is Davis' first since losing to Gov. Greg Abbott by 20 percentage points in the 2014 race for Texas governor.Davis is also receiving support from some of the top Democrats in Congress. The Texas Tribune is reporting that Speaker Nancy Pelosi will host a meeting with other Democrats in the congressional delegation and Davis "in support of her campaign."   Continue reading...

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