Battleground Texas and the Lone Star Project, two groups trying to help Texas Democrats gain political ground, hosted a fundraiser on Friday for Wendy Davis at a Washington nightclub.
“That coalition is very powerful and can tell a story about Wendy Davis bringing Texans together,” said Matt Angle, founder of the Lone Star Project.
Organizers won’t say how much money the event raised, but tickets ranged from $50 to $500. Davis wants to raise at least $40 million for her gubernatorial campaign.
Davis’ detractors have tried to use these out-of-state fundraisers against her, making her out to be a political celebrity and trying to link her to President Obama.
In the 2012 presidential election, Obama lost the state of Texas by 16 percentage points. Davis’ likely Republican opponent -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott - says she’s relying on Obama's political operation for help.
“When Greg Abbott tries to talk about the ‘D.C. insiders’ supporting Wendy Davis, really there is not this monolithic group of D.C. insiders,” Brian Stansbury said. “Many of the people in Washington D.C. supporting Wendy Davis are Texans. I was born and raised in Texas.”
Stansbury is an attorney who now calls Washington home. He's a Davis supporter, who serves on the board of a state-wide political action committee called New Leaders Texas. He acknowledges the political challenges Davis faces even as demographic changes across the state slowly shift in Democrats' favor.
"Texans do not vote at the same rate as the rest of the country,” Stansbury said. “And that's particularly true among young voters and Latino voters. Wendy Davis is going to have to reach those voters and convince them that it's worth the time to vote.”
Meanwhile, a poll out earlier this month showed Davis trailing Abbott by single digits, though half of those surveyed were undecided.
“I think Wendy Davis can win in 2014, and that’s what scares state leaders more than anything else," Angle said.