Wendy Davis may be a state legislator, but she’s long garnered nationwide fame for her staunch support of women’s reproductive rights. So it’s no surprise, then, that her campaign for Governor of Texas has received similar scrutiny. She’s served in the Texas State Senate since 2008, and throughout her career, has been a vocal advocate for abortion rights. She’s also been a supporter of equal pay through her work on the Texas Equal Pay Act, which was ultimately vetoed by current Texan Governor Rick Perry. With Wendy Davis in the top spot, it’s certain that women would be a priority in Texas—a state where women’s rights (particularly when it comes to health care) notoriously lag.
Alison Lundergan Grimes has already captured the title of youngest woman currently serving as Secretary of State. Grimes, the Democratic nominee for the up-for-grabs Senate seat in the bluegrass state, has some hefty competition: Mitch McConnell, a Republican and the current senate minority leader. Despite McConnell’s influential position, his reelection isn’t a guarantee. A recent poll from Western Kentucky University shows that in fact, McConnell's unpopularity may be the key to her win. The significant number of McConnell opponents shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, especially for women: He’s previously voted against enforcing equal pay and the Violence Against Women act.