AUSTIN (AP) – Forget whether Hillary Clinton could win the White House in 2016. Women still have yet to run many statehouses, but in 2014 two Texas Democrats are going for a new kind of history: Winning as an all-female ticket.
Democrat Wendy Davis is running to replace Gov. Rick Perry after catapulting to national fame this summer with an 11-hour filibuster in the Texas Capitol over new abortion restrictions. Another Democratic state senator, Leticia Van de Putte, is the party’s presumptive nominee for lieutenant governor.
Political researchers say it would mark just the fifth time in the last 20 years that a party nominated two women for a state’s top office.
None have ever won. The last to try were two new Jersey Democrats steamrolled in November by Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
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