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Texas Lt. Gov. Candidate Van De Putte Makes It Official
Updated: Tuesday, November 26 2013, 02:37 PM CST
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte made it official today by filing to enter to the race for lieutenant governor.
The Democrat from San Antonio handed off her papers to officials at her party's state headquarters in South Austin this morning.
Van de Putte publicly announced her campaign on Saturday, days after anonymous sources confirmed she was ready to enter the race.
Her entry formally kicks off her party's double-down strategy to reach out to women and minority voters. Van de Putte is only the second high profile Democrat to put her name on the ballot following in the pink running shoes of State Sen. Wendy Davis who announced her run for governor in October.
The tag team is also a reunion of sorts of the two biggest Democratic names to emerge from the legislative fight over abortion earlier this year. Davis famously carried out a dramatic 11-hour filibuster that stalled new restrictions. Van de Putte, supporting her colleague's efforts, broadened her statewide fame when she accused Republican leaders of ignoring her and asked, "[A]t what point does a female senator have to raise her voice or her hand to be heard over her male colleagues in the room?"
So far, there's little indication that Van de Putte will have any trouble earning her party's nomination in March. After that, she'll face the winner of the four-way race on the Republican side which includes incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, State Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.
(Photo from Montserrat Garibay)