In Texas, there is nothing like a fight over abortion laws to mobilize hardcore Republican and Democratic voters.
Both sides of the debate are using Fort Worth Sen. Wendy Davis' 12-hour filibuster that killed a proposed abortion law to raise money, register voters and rile up their supporters.
The social conservative wing of the Republican Party has historically decided who wins primary races. No statewide candidate can win without opposing abortion rights.
For most Democrats, a woman's choice is a human right, with some opposing abortions on religious grounds.
Both groups and will likely see cash injections from supporters following the drama in the Texas Senate last week. The abortion measures will almost certainly become law next month, but the debate around it will also impact the 2014 elections.
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