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Wendy Davis filed to run for Congress on Wednesday.
Wendy Davis Campaign

Former Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis filed to run for Congress on Wednesday. She seeks the Democratic nomination for the 21st congressional district of Texas, which covers the Hill Country and reaches into the San Antonio and Austin areas. 


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Former state senator Wendy Davis has announced she is officially running for Congress.  Davis intends to unseat Congressman Chip Roy, a freshman Republican whose district includes parts of Bexar County.  

Davis made her announcement with a video that begins with her father, Jerry Rusell, reading a letter of encouragement he wrote about his daughter’s life before he passed away in 2013. 

 

Democrat Joseph Kopser, left, and Republican Chip Roy
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The race to replace long-standing Texas Congressman Lamar Smith is heating up between Republican Chip Roy and his Democratic rival Joseph Kopser. They faced off in a debate on Wednesday at Pearl Studios, hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.


For the first time in decades, Democrats are energized about their chances to take a longtime-Republican congressional seat in Texas this fall.

Since the 1970s, the 21st Congressional District has been solidly in Republican hands. Incumbent Rep. Lamar Smith has held onto the district, which includes a large portion of Austin, for more than 30 years. But Smith is retiring at the end of this term — and with signs of a possible wave election for Democrats, Smith's exit has sparked hopes on the Democratic side.

Ryan Poppe

Historically, Texans just don’t vote in large percentages when comes to primary runoff elections, and even though there are still some key undecided primary elections, only the most politically engaged Texans are likely to cast a vote Tuesday.


While climate change hasn’t been a major issue in this year’s presidential election, one could say it's on the ballot in the Texas 21st Congressional District race.