12/21/2013 04:37 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Wendy Davis Gets Fundraising Boost From Elizabeth Warren

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A little more than two months into her campaign for Texas governor, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is getting a helping hand from one of her party's most prominent forces in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent out a fundraising email in support of Davis Saturday morning, praising Davis as someone who is "not afraid of a tough fight."

"The GOP knows that Wendy Davis is special, and they are scared that her victory in 2014 could turn the tide against Republican victories in Texas," Warren wrote.

A Nov. 4 University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll had Davis trailing Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) by six points. Democrats have not won more than 42 percent of the vote in the last three elections, and the party's last governor from Texas was Ann Richards (1991-95).

Read the full fundraising email below from Warren below:

When Wendy Davis stood up on the floor of the Texas Senate for nearly 13 hours to block a radical anti-choice bill, I wanted to give her a Texas-sized high-five.

The next day, I called Wendy to let her know that the whole country was cheering her on. I told her to keep fighting for all of us – and we would keep fighting for her.

Six months later, our champion Wendy is running for governor of Texas. She's not afraid of a tough fight, and neither are we.

Wendy's team is trying to raise $500,000 by December 31st – and she needs our help. Can you give $5 or more to help Wendy reach her goal?

The GOP knows that Wendy Davis is special, and they are scared that her victory in 2014 could turn the tide against Republican victories in Texas. National Republicans have already dumped an astonishing $21 million into her opponent's campaign war chest.

I know it sounds tough to overcome odds like that. But I want you to remember something: When I decided to run for the Senate, Scott Brown already had a $10 million in the bank, and Wall Street was ready to spend bazillions more to help him. Lots of people said we couldn't win.

But we outraised him, we out-worked him, and last November we won thanks to your incredible grassroots support.

Wendy has fought the failed leadership in Texas time and time again, no matter what the critics and skeptics say. That's what she'll keep doing throughout her campaign, and that's what she'll do as governor of Texas.

Grassroots support is critical in Wendy's race. If she's going to win this fight, she needs us. Let's help her team raise $500,000 before 2014. Give $5 – or whatever you can – today.

You may not know this, but I have a special place in my heart for Texas. I'm a University of Houston graduate, and I spent nearly ten years teaching first at UH and then at UT-Austin. We still have lots of family around the state – so I'm doing some very personal campaigning for Wendy.

The Texans I know want the same thing that all of us want: a fair shot and a level playing field to succeed.

That's what Wendy Davis is going to fight for each and every day as governor of Texas. Don't wait – make a contribution to her campaign right now.

Thank you for being a part of this,




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