A Senate Race That's About Crunching the Numbers

The most important race in the state Senate this year is not really about Wendy Davis.

It’s about the number 12.

The Fort Worth Democrat tops this year’s list of imperiled candidates. She is running on Republican turf. This is her sophomore effort. And then there’s this: She is a key member of a Democratic dozen with the power to block Republican initiatives in the Senate.

The Senate has 31 members. The regular practice — sometimes ignored when management’s political bacon is in the frying pan — is to consider only those issues that at least two-thirds of ...

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