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Veteran Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte running for lieutenant governor

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, speaks during the Democratic National Committee fall meeting Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

Veteran Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte is running for lieutenant governor, half of an all-woman duo topping the state Democratic Party's ticket for next fall's elections.

The prominent voice for Hispanic issues announced in her hometown of San Antonio on Saturday that she'll be the running mate of her state Senate colleague Wendy Davis.

It is the first time in Texas history women have led a major party's ticket for the state's top offices, and only the fourth time in U.S. history.

Van de Putte's announcement was no surprise. The pharmacist and mother of six has been mulling running for months.

She faces no major challenge in March's Democratic primary.

But four top Republicans are vying for their party's nomination to face Van de Putte in the general election.

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