The Democratic Party has mostly come up short in its relentless push to turn Texas blue, but perennial candidate Wendy Davis has a genuine chance to advance the cause in November.
Ms. Davis achieved fame as the pink-sneaker clad state senator who filibustered a restrictive abortion law but then made a spectacular flop in a gubernatorial bid.
Now she is aiming to remove freshman Republican Rep. Chip Roy in Texas’ 21st Congressional District, which includes much of the state capital Austin.
The race has much for political junkies: big spending, outside interest and a chance to win a seat that has been trending toward Democrats.
“We think Chip has been a true champion on all our issues and, as a freshman, he’s become a thought-leader very rapidly,” said David McIntosh of Club for Growth, a conservative group that is one of Mr. Roy’s biggest backers.
Mr. McIntosh attributed Mr. Roy’s quick grasp of congressional duties to his prior tenure