PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis is brandishing a darker and tougher edge in an aggressive courtship of female voters who are essential to her chances of pulling an upset in the Texas governor's race.
The state senator's push to win the support of Texas women once was symbolized by the bright coral sneakers she wore during a filibuster of abortion restrictions. But she's striking a far different tone in her first statewide TV ad.
The spot is a shadowy dramatization of a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman who raped a Texas mother in the 1990s.
Davis then toured rape crisis centers and blasted her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, for siding against the victim when her lawsuit reached his courtroom when he was a judge.