Wendy Davis, Sarah Eckhardt endorse Clinton for president

Hillary Rodham Clinton
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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former State Senator Wendy Davis and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt are officially endorsing Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at a fundraiser. The women will make their announcement at Opa Coffee and Wine Bar in Austin on Wednesday afternoon.

Sarah Eckhardt at Hillary Clinton fundraiser. (Paul Shelton/KXAN News)
Sarah Eckhardt endorses Hillary Clinton
Wendy Davis endorses Hillary Clinton
Wendy Davis endorses Hillary Clinton

During last year’s Texas governor’s race, Clinton mentioned Davis among a slate of female candidates “who give me hope.” Davis and her tennis shoes became a national sensation in 2013, when she used a 12-plus-hour Senate filibuster to temporarily block tough new statewide abortion restrictions.

In an exclusive one-on-one interview for KXAN’s State of Texas: In-Depth, Davis said she supported Clinton because because she’s the most qualified candidate.

“She’s talking about the things voters want to hear. Making education affordable,” Davis told KXAN’s Josh Hinkle. “Making sure that we reshuffle the deck that’s stacked against working families and allow them to take advantage of this economic upturn that we’ve had that unfortunately had primarily benefited those people at the very top.”

Davis was less supportive of the only other woman running for President: Republican Carly Fiorina.

“So many people in the media were asking if Carly Fiorina might be the answer to Republican’s problems with women,” said Davis. “Unfortunately, I think she’s part of the problem.”

Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) hosted the event.

While Davis lost her race, Eckhardt was elected to be is the first woman to sit in the judge’s seat in Travis County.

You can watch the full interview with Wendy Davis on State of Texas: In-Depth Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. on KXAN News.

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