The nation watched on Tuesday — and into Wednesday — as Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis and hundreds of reproductive rights advocates stalled proceedings and ultimately defeated controversial abortion legislation.
Davis came off the Senate floor early Wednesday as the national Democratic Party's newest star. But what effect her 11-hour filibuster to stop abortion legislation will have on her political prospects in Texas is an open question.
The state's lieutenant governor was hoping the special session would revive his support among conservatives. It might have done exactly the opposite.
Republicans in the state Senate looked like tourists who wandered into a hostile neighborhood after liberal activists helped derail an abortion bill. But they are still in the driver's seat in the second special session.