Wendy Davis Campaigns Across East Texas, Receives Warm Reception, Big Crowds

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People who think there aren't any Democrats in East Texas were proven wrong this weekend, as Wendy Davis visited with big crowds in packed venues as part of a campaign swing across Tyler, Longview, and other cities.

There was clear enthusiasm for Davis in East Texas, as supporters voiced support for her positions on education, health care access, and greater accountability in the Governor's office.

The Longview News-Journal reported on Davis's visit, which drew more than 250 supporters to a local, woman-owned business. They wrote:

The Democrat's stance on education and health care gained her the support of Longview District 3 Councilwoman Kasha Williams, who came out to hear Davis speak.

“Her policies on public education and health care will really have a positive impact on the state of Texas,” the councilwoman said. “Those are two issues we have crises in. Funding is dwindling in public education, and that is a problem.”

For more photos and Tweets from the campaign trail, click below the jump.The Davis campaign team shared photos from the trail on their Twitter account. There was a packed house in Tyler:

The crowds in Longview were also impressive, especially given the gray skies and intermittent drizzle:

Friday, Wendy was in Beaumont, again emphasizing AG Greg Abbott's refusal to state if he would sign or veto Equal Pay legislation for Texans:

Friend of BOR Vik Verma was on hand to document Wendy's trip around East Texas. Below are some of his photos from Wendy's visit, including her special meeting with Longview women leaders. Thanks to Vik for permission to share his photos!


With over five months to go until Labor Day, it's impressive to see so much enthusiasm for Davis, as well as such evident interest to hear what the Gubernatorial nominee has to say. Meanwhile, Greg Abbott refuses to answer basic questions about his stance on equal pay, decision to continue the school finance lawsuit, and association with child predator Ted Nugent.

Above all, it's great to see Davis continuing to barnstorm across Texas, connecting individually with voters and building the base of activist support she will need to win this election.  

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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