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Davis Hires Obama's Chief Pollster

UPDATED: State Sen. Wendy Davis has hired Joel Benenson of Benenson Strategy Group, who oversaw polling for President Obama during both his 2008 presidential campaign and his 2012 re-election.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, greeting supporters at a phone bank in Austin.

Editor's note: This post has been updated throughout.

State Sen. Wendy Davis has tapped President Obama's chief pollster to work on her bid for governor, replacing the pollster she hired last year.

Joel Benenson of Benenson Strategy Group will take over polling for Davis' gubernatorial campaign from Anna Greenberg, campaign consultant J.D Angle confirmed. The news of Benenson's hire was first reported Friday by the Washington Post. Benenson oversaw polling for Obama during both his 2008 presidential campaign and his 2012 re-election.

"Obviously he doesn't need us to talk about his record," Angle said. "Campaigns are very much about team efforts and you gotta have the right players for the right year and campaign effort and Joel fits that...I would say that he comes with a depth of experience and approach to the campaign that we thought would be very helpful to the senator and the challenge that we have."

Last year, the Davis campaign hired Greenberg, whose past clients have included Rahm Emanuel. Angle said Greenberg had done "a fantastic job" for the campaign.

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