AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama met briefly Thursday with state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.
The White House says Obama visited with Davis at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin. That's where Obama delivered a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
Davis spokesman Zac Petkanas said Obama and Davis discussed the importance of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which was also signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and the law's legacy in Texas.
Davis emerged as a national political figure last summer when she filibustered an abortion bill in the state Legislature. She's the first female gubernatorial candidate in Texas since 1994 and has buoyed Democratic hopes despite the state's conservative leanings.
Davis is set to face Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee, in the fall election.