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Michelle Obama featured in new Wendy Davis ad in Texas

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis is escorted into the Texas state capitol building after leading a rally in support of Texas women's right to reproductive decisions on July 1, 2013 in Austin, Texas.
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First lady Michelle Obama is giving her support to Wendy Davis, Texas' struggling Democratic gubernatorial candidate, in a new radio ad.

"For Wendy, education is a top priority because she wants to give all our kids a chance to build a better life for themselves and for their families," Obama says in the ad, which launched Wednesday. "That's what the American dream is all about. And Wendy knows something about the American Dream."

The first lady notes that Davis was the daughter of a single mother and was a young, single mother herself. The Texas Democrat continued her education, graduating from college and Harvard Law School. Davis came under some scrutiny earlier this year for muddling the details of her biography.

Mrs. Obama goes on to praise Davis for her support for full-day pre-K for Texas children, as well as her support for expanding Medicaid and raising the minimum wage.

The Michelle Obama radio ad will specifically target African-American communities, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Davis, a state senator, gained national notoriety last year with her 13-hour filibuster last year against a controversial abortion bill in the state legislature. She managed to turn her moment in the spotlight into a fundraising boon, but the governor's mansion is still an uphill climb for her: Texas last elected a Democrat to statewide office in 1994.

Her opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, has held a solid lead against Davis all year.