State Rep. Sarah Davis, Republican of Houston, and her Democratic opponent, Ann Johnson, have a lot in common. They are both lawyers and young cancer survivors campaigning on a platform of defending women’s health and supporting the region’s medical centers.
There is one obvious difference: their party persuasion.
Davis, 36, is running for re-election in the affluent, Republican-leaning district that includes River Oaks, Bellaire and other sections of West Houston. She narrowly won the seat in 2010, defeating Rep. Ellen Cohen, a Democrat.
Johnson, 38, hopes to eke out a win in the swing district, which chose former ...