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It Never Ends for Wendy Davis

The Texas Democrat's successor mocks her with cowboy boots.
State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) contemplates her 13-hour filibuster after the Democrats defeated the anti-abortion bill SB5, which was up for a vote on the last day of the legislative special session June 25, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) contemplates her 13-hour filibuster after the Democrats defeated the anti-abortion bill SB5, which was up for a vote on the last day of the legislative special session June 25, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

It was one of the most schadenfreude-rich sidebars of the 2014 elections. Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, who by general agreement ran a horrid campaign for governor, vacated her Fort Worth-area seat. Tea Party activist Konni Burton, a veteran of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's campaign, ran to replace her. Burton won, fairly easily, after promising to replace a pro-choice vote with a pro-life one.

“The reason I got in was because of this fiscal mess our country is in,” Burton told reporter Betsy Woodruff in 2013. “But if she wants to make this about life, bring it.”