Latina Running For Lieutenant Governor In Texas, One Of The Biggest Races In The Nation

Leticia Van de Putte

It’s not one of the most covered elections nationally, but it’s regarded in political circles as one of the most compelling and potentially important state-level ones.

The Texas lieutenant governor race between state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a Democrat of Hispanic descent, and Tea Party challenger state Sen. Dan Patrick was singled out in Governing Magazine as the most important of the elections for that position nationwide.

The victor of the race for Texas lieutenant governor would wield considerable power in the state, Governing Magazine noted, as well as influence political dynamics on a national scale.

“Texas' LG is famously powerful — controlling the Senate's agenda, its committee structure and its rules, as well as playing a major role in crafting the state budget,” the magazine said.

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