A Shakeup In The Wendy Davis Campaign

Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has replaced her campaign manager with a strategist who once served in that role for a former Central Texas congressman.

Wendy Davis (Campaign photo)

AUSTIN (June 11, 2014) Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for Texas governor, announced Wednesday she’s replacing her campaign manager.

Davis made the announcement as her campaign struggled against Republican front-runner Greg Abbott, long considered a strong favorite in the race.

Davis says Karin Johanson agreed to step aside in favor of state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington.

Johanson is well-known nationally as a top Democratic strategist.

She managed the campaign of U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the Wisconsin Democrat who became the first openly gay candidate elected to the U.S. Senate.

Turner previously was a campaign manager for former U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards.

In a news release, Davis said Turner had nearly two decades of Texas politics experience "and knows how to win in tough races."

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