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Senator Wendy Davis Opens Rio Grande Valley Campaign Office

by: Natalie San Luis

Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

On Monday evening, Sen. Wendy Davis spoke to supporters in McAllen to commemorate the opening of the campaign's new office in the Rio Grande Valley.

"I'm fed up with people not telling the whole story about the Valley," she said, referencing Abbott's remarks earlier this year that compared the RGV to a "third-world country."

The McAllen branch of the campaign will allow Davis' team to reach out directly to Latino populations who are affected the most by border policies, immigration, and voter ID laws.

Read more about Wendy Davis' campaign efforts in the Rio Grande Valley after the jump.

The Monitor reported:

She delivered a roughly 15-minute speech to dozens of supporters who stood in a back room in the new office, fanning themselves with red, white and blue campaign placards. They chanted her name as she arrived and many waited in the sweltering room after she spoke to talk to her individually.

For her campaign to succeed in November, she'll have to transform that enthusiasm in the Valley into votes. A Democrat has not won statewide office in Texas in 20 years, and polls show Davis trailing Abbott by double digits.

And as one of the most reliably Democratic areas in the state, Davis will depend on Valley voters - a constituency with whom she's struggled to connect. Although she easily won the Democratic primary in March, Davis lost the gubernatorial primary in Hidalgo and Starr counties.

Although the Davis campaign certainly has work to do in Hidalgo and Starr counties, it is worth noting that she still accrued more votes there than Abbott did in November.

As State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer pointed out in an op-ed last week, "Abbott has a long record of betrayal against our community. Davis has fought with us when we needed her."

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