Are Texas Women the Key to 2014 Politics?
Listen up ladies.
Democrats have declared 2014 the year of women in Texas politics.
And not just because two of them, state Sens. Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte, lead their party’s ticket.
It’s also because key issues for their party — equal pay for equal work, more educational opportunities and ensuring that Texans have the right to control what happens to their bodies — deeply affect women, Democrats say as they prepare for their state convention in Dallas this week,
“Women’s issues will be at the forefront of everything we do at this convention,” state Democratic Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said. “Women’s rights are a big issue.”
Despite the high hopes, Davis is lagging in statewide polls behind Republican nominee Gregg Abbott, the state attorney general. In fact, Davis isn’t just trailing among voters overall — she’s trailing even among likely women voters.
Democrats in Texas haven’t won a statewide race since 1994, but as many as 8,000 delegates and alternates this week will converge on the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas for their state convention.
There, Davis, Van de Putte and other leaders hope to rally the troops for the November election and show why they are the party all Texans should choose.