State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a veteran lawmaker whom Democrats hope will energize Hispanic voters to make their party competitive for statewide office in the 2014 elections, formally announced Saturday that she will run for lieutenant governor.
With Van de Putte vying for the state’s No. 2 office and fellow state Sen. Wendy Davis running for governor, Democrats hope to attract female voters against what will probably be two men on the Republican side. But that strategy will be an uphill battle in a state that is predominantly Republican and has not elected a Democrat to statewide office in 19 years.
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