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Wendy Davis fights back over questions on biographical details

Facing mounting questions over details about her biography, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) used a speech to Austin-area Democrats on Tuesday to defend her account of her early adulthood, reports The Post's Reid Wilson of GovBeat.

Davis, a rising star in the Democratic Party whose one-woman filibuster against anti-abortion legislation captured the attention of the left, inspired donors and activists with her story of boosting herself from single motherhood, divorced at 19 and living in a trailer, to Harvard Law School.

But a week and a half ago, the Dallas Morning News published an in-depth look at Davis’s story that called several details of her account into question. Davis divorced her first husband when she was 21, not 19, the paper revealed. Davis’s second husband, attorney Jeff Davis, paid for her last two years of undergraduate study at Texas Christian University and her three years at Harvard.

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