No surprise here: State Senator Wendy Davis has been named to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee's 2012 Essential Races List. The only Democrat from Texas to make the list, Davis is recognized for her filibuster against the Republicans' $5 billion cuts to public education.
Texas Senate District 10 — Wendy Davis
Why this Race Matters: This has been described as the race to watch in Texas politics right now. Both literally and figuratively, Senate District 10 is bigger than any congressional race, and it even rivals some Texas statewide contests in terms of profile. That's because Democratic Senator Wendy Davis is seen as the only thing preventing a GOP super-majority in the Texas Senate, which is one of the few legislative chambers that preserve a form of the filibuster to protect minority interests. Davis herself used it to oppose harsh education cuts, an act that instantly made her the Texas GOP establishment's top target.
Davis's race is an absolute must-win, not only to prevent the extremist Republicans in the Senate from gaining a super-majority and rendering the 2/3rds rule irrelevant, but also to keep a staunch advocate for families and children, education, healthcare, and budgetary honesty working for the people of Tarrant County and Texas.