11/05/2014 10:24 am ET Updated Nov 05, 2014

Wendy Davis Lost, But Here's Why She Really Won


Over the past year, Wendy Davis has become an iconic political figure, but she ultimately lost the keys to the Governor's mansion on Tuesday night. Her opponent, Texas attorney General Greg Abbott, managed to keep a strong Republican foothold in a state that hasn't elected a Democratic governor in more than two decades. Many progressives hoped Texas would turn blue, but as Tim Murphy atMother Jones notes, the "Lone Star just got even redder."

Although Davis rose to fame after her infamous 11-hour filibuster over the anti-choice bill SB5, she didn't manage to win even the majority of the female vote in Texas. Apparently, the women who showed up at the polls prefer to be governed by a man who is against all forms of abortion, even for victims of rape and incest.

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