Van De Putte Announces Run For Texas Lt. Governor
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – It’s the first time in Texas history that two women will lead a major party’s ticket for the state’s top offices.
Wendy Davis filed the paperwork for to run for Governor a couple weeks ago.
This week, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte made it official, filing for Lt. Governor, marking only the fourth time nationally that two women have lead a major party’s ticket for the State’s top offices.
“While we’re running both as Democrats, I think that… you know that… we are not going to be together at every single event. We are going to run very, very strong campaigns,” said Van de Putte.
A Latina pharmacist and businesswoman, Van de Putte, gained statewide fame among abortion rights activists when she protested the way Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst treated her and Wendy Davis during the filibuster against a law restricting access to abortions. Now she’s running unopposed for the Democratic nomination to replace him, promising better treatment of the middle class.
The Democrats lost dramatically in 2002 and haven’t won a statewide elected office since 1994. But this year they are banking on delivering more supporters to the polls, while Republicans are relying on a dependable conservative base that has kept them in power for 20 years.
Going into the election, momentum is certainly with the Republicans, who voted for Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama by 16 percentage points. In the 2002 election, Gov. Rick Perry defeated Tony Sanchez, leader of the Dream Team, by 18 percentage points.
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