Battleground 2020Elections 2020Wendy Davis Announces Run Against Chip Roy for Congress

The matchup between conservative incumbent Chip Roy and progressive Wendy Davis will be one of the most-watched races in Texas, if not the entire country.
July 22, 2019

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This morning Wendy Davis finally made her all-but-official run for Texas’ 21st congressional district official. In an announcement video, Davis narrated her life upbringing and iterated what will likely be her campaign theme.

“We’ve seen an assault on voting rights…reproductive rights…and immigrant rights,” Davis says in a clip from a previous cable news appearance in the video. She then says, “We’re talking about politicians that are making decisions that they know are going to put people’s health in jeopardy and they do it anyway.”

“I’m running for Congress because people’s voices are still being silenced,” Davis concluded.

Wendy Davis first burst onto the national political scene when she filibustered a 2013 pro-life bill in the Texas Senate. That launched Davis into a 2014 gubernatorial run which she lost to Greg Abbott by a lopsided 20 points.

Davis will run against first-time incumbent Republican Rep. Chip Roy. She is slated to appear at a Washington D.C. fundraiser hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tomorrow night.

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Roy won a narrow victory in 2018 by less than 10,000 votes in a tough year for Republicans. However, Roy has already made a name as a leading conservative voice on border security, the national debt, and what he calls “healthcare freedom.” 

Davis raised over $4 million in her 2014 gubernatorial campaign.

Roy has raised $553,468.08 and has $655,613.43 cash on hand.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced that the 21st congressional district would be one of its top 33 targets in 2020.

Last week, ahead of Davis’ announcement, the fiscally conservative Club for Growth already signaled that it will be going all-in for Roy.


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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.