Democrats were successful in blocking a controversial omnibus abortion bill early Wednesday morning. Just before 3 a.m., Democrats confirmed to a still-packed State Capitol that their efforts to block the passage of what would have been some of the strictest abortion rules in the country were successful.

Shorty afterward, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst gaveled the Senate out, saying time expired on the bill. “It’s been fun, see you soon,” he said, indicating that the Texas Legislature might be looking at a second special session.

The scene in the Texas Senate Tuesday was unlike any other in recent Texas legislative history. The day began when Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) took to the microphone at 11:18 a.m. Davis successfully filibustered the bill until just after 10 p.m., when Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) filed a point of order claiming Davis’ mentions of the sonogram bill passed last legislative session were not germane (or relevant) to the current abortion bill she was attempting to block.

The violation of filibuster rules would have been the Davis’ third and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst declared the filibuster over. From there, chaos and confusion ensued. Davis’ fellow Democrats, including Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin and Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, took to the microphone to challenge Dewhurst’s ruling and attempted to use parliamentary tactics to hold the floor past the midnight deadline.

As the clock ticked toward the close of the special session, the hundreds of people looking on from the gallery began chanting and cheering, causing confusion on the floor. Amid the chaos a vote was cast, and Republicans declared that SB 5 passed ahead of the midnight deadline, even as Democrats insisted the clock had run out.

Around 1:30 a.m., Sen. John Whitmire announced the Senate would caucus behind closed doors, and photos began surfacing showing that the official vote record may have been altered in favor of the Republicans. About two hours later, Rep. Jessica Farrar emerged to formally announce that the legislation was indeed dead, for now. Shortly after, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst formally declared the bill dead. We’ll wait, now, for official word from Gov. Rick Perry on another special session.