SAN ANTONIO -

Despite reports to the contrary, Texas Sen. Leticia Van De Putte was non-committal Thursday on her potential campaign for lieutenant governor of Texas.

"This week, we're focused on what's important, and that's the baby and the 5K Run/Walk for Rex," she said.

Van De Putte is hosting a weekend charity race in honor of her grandson, Rex, who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in May.

"Next week we’ll speculate on what Leticia Van De Putte does," she said.

The prospect of pairing Van De Putte with fellow Texas Sen. Wendy Davis has local party officials optimistic that they can turn Texas blue.

"She's done so much for Bexar County since serving in the Texas legislature since 1990," said Bexar County Democratic Party Secretary Diana Arevalo. "Having such a long career of impacting peoples lives in Bexar County and all over Texas, her leadership is desperately needed and we welcome the opportunity of her running for higher office."

Democrats believe Van De Putte, as a Latino woman, could help deliver two crucial voting blocs come November.

On the other side, Bexar County GOP officials feel their four candidates for lieutenant governor can provide a difficult challenge for Van De Putte despite the gender and ethnic demographics in the state.

"Republicans for decades have had more women elected officials than the Democrats do. Maybe this is their chance to catch up," said Chairman of the Republican Party of Bexar County Robert Stovall. "The qualified candidates are on the republican side."

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