Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) drew another Democratic challenger on Thursday, as Houston City Councilwoman Amanda Edwards announced that she would try to topple the three-term incumbent next year.

If elected, Edwards would become the first African American woman to represent Texas in the Senate. She joins a growing Democratic primary field that already includes military veteran and former congressional candidate MJ Hegar.

“As a woman, as an African American, as a millennial — and in certainly as someone who generally . . . believes in solutions and not just rhetoric — I think I’m going to be the candidate that can do the job,” Edwards said in an interview with the Texas Tribune, arguing that she could “galvanize our base.”

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A Democrat has not represented Texas in the Senate since 1993, but changing demographics in the state and a strong challenge last year to Sen. Ted Cruz (R) by former congressman Beto O’Rourke (D) have raised the profile of next year’s race.

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Cornyn, who has served in GOP leadership, won reelection in 2014 with more than 61 percent of the vote. As of June 30, he had more than $9 million in the bank for his 2020 race.

In a statement, Cornyn campaign manager John Jackson sought to portray Edwards as too liberal for the state.

“Councilwoman Edwards is a true progressive with a record that would make Elizabeth Warren jealous,” Jackson said, referring to the Democratic senator from Massachusetts. “We look forward to seeing which two liberals make the inevitable runoff.”

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A spokeswoman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee cast Edwards’s entrance into the race as a sign of weakness for Hegar, who was recruited to run by national Democrats.

“Everyone knows there is no telling Texans what to do — except apparently national Democrats who decided to rally behind a failed House candidate as their chosen one before other Texas Democrats even had a chance to consider their candidacy,” NRSC press secretary Joanna Rodriguez said in a statement. “Bless their hearts.”

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