Should the primaries go as expected, Texas democrats will for the first time in history run two women for the state's top positions.
On Saturday, in front of roughly 500 supporters gathered inside the San Antonio College gymnasium, the Texas Tribune reports state Senator Leticia Van De Putte announced she's entering the Democratic race for lieutenant governor. "For years, the governor's been too busy trying to president, and for years the lieutenant governor's been trying to be in the U.S. Senate — nobody's been minding the store," she told her fans. "We cannot afford to keep kicking the can down the road because some Republicans are afraid of their primary voters."
Van De Putte is currently unopposed with no other potential candidates in sight. She will join old friend and fellow state Senator Wendy Davis, currently running for governor, on the Democratic ticket. If Van De Putte wins the primary, and by all accounts she will, it will mark the first time two women have ever led a major party ticket in Texas. Nationally, it's only the fourth time this has ever happened.
Of course the two women face very long odds. No Texas Democrat has won either of the state's top two offices since 1994. "Republicans have held all state elected offices for more than a decade," as the Austin American-Statesman so delicately puts it. But Democrats hope Van De Putte will help woo Hispanic and women voters when the state goes to the polls next year. She'll be up against one of four Republicans, including incumbent David Dehurst, currently fighting for their party's ticket.