Must-watch political drama unfolded Tuesday night in Texas as more than 182K viewers simultaneously tuned in to follow Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) attempt a 13-hour anti-abortion filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate. Unfortunately for TV networks, those viewers were all live-streaming it on YouTube via the Texas Tribune‘s feed. Not a single broadcast network carried live coverage of the action which began at 11:18 AM local time, with Davis required to remain standing unassisted without taking breaks or straying off-topic. Less than two hours before the midnight deadline to stall a vote on the bill, the filibuster picked up viral steam on Twitter, boosting Sen. Davis’s following from 1,200 earlier in the day to 48K by Tuesday night:
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