The Latest: Another Democrat enters 2020 Texas Senate race

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Democrats jumping into big 2020 races in Texas (all times local):

11 a.m.

A longtime Texas Democratic lawmaker is joining the growing field of U.S. Senate challengers against Republican incumbent John Cornyn.

State Sen. Royce West launched his campaign Monday during a busy morning of Texas Democrats jumping into big 2020 races.

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Wendy Davis also announced she’s running for Congress , five years after a failed run for governor that was propelled by a 13-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in the Texas Capitol.

West has been a Dallas state senator since the early 1990s. He enters a Texas primary race that has no clear frontrunner after former Rep. Beto O’Rourke passed on another U.S. Senate bid and is now struggling in his White House run.

Other Texas Democrats running for Senate are Air Force veteran MJ Hegar and Houston Councilwoman Amanda Edwards .

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7 a.m.

Democrat Wendy Davis of Texas says she’s running for Congress in 2020, five years after badly losing a bid for governor but remaining a national women’s rights figure.

Her announcement Monday puts Davis on the ballot for the first time since losing the Texas governor’s race by 20 points in 2014 to Republican Greg Abbott. That run came after a star-making, 13-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill while serving as a state senator.

Her return to politics is another sign of Democrats’ renewed optimism in Texas. Davis will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Chip Roy, who won the booming district that stretches from Austin to San Antonio by less than three points in 2018.

Davis had also mulled running for U.S. Senate. She currently runs a nonprofit focused on gender equality.

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