Davis, a Democrat, is running for Rick Perry’s job, which Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott also wants, while Leticia van de Putte, also a Democrat, hopes to be Lt. Governor and would have to beat Republican David Dewhurst, running for his fourth term.
Texas has a fine record of powerful women in government, including Ma Ferguson, Ann Richards and Kay Bailey Hutchison, so it is doubtful that gender will be the greatest obstacle either Davis or van de Putte face.
“I really don’t think this is about female vs. male,” says Nancy Sims, a political science professor who teaches Women in Politics classes at the University of Houston. “The bigger issue in this race will be party, and whether the state of Texas is going to go blue for a change.”
Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to a statewide office in 20 years.
There are five female governors in the U.S. Four of them are Republicans.
Sims says that women do well in the Texas Republican party, though they haven’t quite hit all the top positions.
While the national media seems to be enjoying the possibility of a female power-grab in the Lone Star State, the reality is the juggernaut of the Texas GOP and in the case of Davis, the formidable war chest of Abbott, is most likely to dictate the outcome of the top 2014 races in Texas.