Four years ago Sen. Wendy Davis beat the odds and a long-time Republican incumbent to win a seat on the Texas Senate.
On Tuesday night she won re-election against Republican challenger Mark Shelton in one of the most fierce and expensive senate races in the state's history. Both sides spent almost $3 million.
Davis has run both her races in Tarrant County, one of the most staunchly Republican counties in the state. The district's demographics are changing, but she credits her win to a growing coalition willing to cross party lines.
"We know and trust and believe in each other and as I said last night, we're working as a community here. We're working as a family works together and that's what I think those numbers show," she said.
Political observer Alan Saxe from the University of Texas at Arlington said she faced an extra challenge in this election.
"There probably were enough people in that district who might have pulled the state Republican Party ticket," he said. "And it may have affected her race."
But Saxe believes women were a decisive factor in the national election and maybe locally too.
"I think there were some women who might have voted for Gov. Romney for president and Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate, but when they went down to that race, Sen. Davis and Dr. Shelton, they stopped and voted for her," he said.
Davis said there may be no way of knowing if that's true, but it's what she believes.
"A coalition of blacks, Hispanics and fair minded Anglos came together and elected the candidate of their choice and demonstrated that this district is a coalition district of people who are willing to elect a Democrat," she said.
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