Jerry Patterson and Todd Staples offered differing takes on Tuesday on how the May runoff between their former lieutenant governor primary opponents — Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst — might turn out.
Wendy Davis isn't the first Democratic candidate for governor to lose a fifth of her primary vote, and GOP crowing about the size of its own electorate hides the overall unpopularity of voting in primary elections.
An email from a lobbyist at one of the state's largest law firms suggests there may be efforts underway to persuade three second-place Republican primary finishers to withdraw from the May runoffs.
Democrat Wendy Davis said last summer that she would quit doing private legal work for her public sector clients if she ran for governor. But months after she kicked off her campaign, the Fort Worth senator continues to represent them.
During its five-year lifetime, the Tea Party has lost some of its original focus on national spending and national debt. But it's hard to win a Republican primary without its support.
What's in a name? For some candidates in this week's primaries, including Jim Hogan and Malachi Boyuls, the answer may have been a few thousand votes.
Some Republicans' digs at Wendy Davis' performance in the Democratic primary on Tuesday have obscured the fact that turnout was down for both parties compared with 2010.
During a TribLive interview, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis said she’s not concerned by primary losses in several border counties, and that she was a better option for South Texas voters than Greg Abbott.
For the second time in two years, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is in a primary runoff. And the odds are heavily against him. He'll face state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who finished first in Round 1 of a race that Dewhurst hopes will win him another term.
Candidates in several races came out swinging during the primary season, and that is not expected to ebb during the runoff campaign — particularly in the GOP races for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
In statewide races, Republicans who touted their stance against abortion — even when the offices they sought had little to do with the issue — saw strong primary night returns on Tuesday.
In an election year in which Hispanic voters are crucial to Democratic success, the first feud of the now-official general election gubernatorial match-up is being fueled by state Sen. Wendy Davis' primary performance on the border.
The list of Tuesday's losers — a feature of every election — includes an unusual number of well-established officeholders, particularly in top state races.
Republican primary races for lieutenant governor and attorney general are among several that are headed for runoffs this year in Texas. Check out the list of races that are set for the May 27 runoff ballot.
In the most closely watched races, strong interest among Tea Party groups turned out to be a first step for campaigns hoping to unseat incumbents. The next step, access to ample funding, proved pivotal to a campaign's success.
The down-ballot statewide races on both the Republican and Democratic sides yielded a number of runoffs and some surprises on Tuesday night.
Tuesday's primary elections will advance some candidates to runoffs, some to the general elections and some to whatever is next in the nonpolitical years of their careers. Here's a quick list of questions this election might answer.
Dewhurst is running against Senator Dan Patrick, Todd Staples, and Jerry Patterson in the Republican primary.
One of the Texas agriculture commissioner's biggest jobs is running the federally funded school breakfast and lunch program. Read what the Republican and Democratic candidates for agriculture commissioner have to say about the program.
With an unusually large number of statewide primary candidates running for an unusually large number of open seats, many races are expected to head into a runoff after Tuesday's election. For some campaigns, that likelihood has meant considering how their actions may impact a second round.
Everybody knows that the Hispanic growth of the state might change Texas politics. Republicans have another demographic trend to consider: Who will replace elderly voters in their constituency?
When Democrats blasted Attorney General Greg Abbott after recent stop in Lubbock, the front-running candidate for governor accused one of them of calling his "Latina wife of 32 years a prop." The Democrat says it never happened.
Gov. Rick Perry, the state's top elected official, is missing from all but a handful of candidates' endorsements. Uncharacteristically, his is a mostly secret ballot in this year's Republican primaries.
The crowded field of candidates campaigning against 90-year-old U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall argues that 17 terms are enough for the Republican lawmaker.
Texas' voter ID law, which was passed in 2011 and will face its biggest statewide test yet in Tuesday's primaries, presents an added hurdle for transgender voters, who advocates fear may be discouraged from showing up at the polls.
With low turnout in statewide primaries and the two-decade dominance of Republicans, a bloc of a relatively few voters determines how Texas will handle long-term public policy challenges. And some worry that means voters who don't reflect the demographic makeup of the state are making most of the calls.
Some of the main issues on the ballot are the race for Potter County Judge, Texas Governor, Texas Attorney General, State Senator for District 31, And US Representative District 13.
Reporting of this week’s UT/TT Poll can’t help but present a simple story: Davis is down, Abbott is up. But these latest results reflect factors that are much more deeply rooted than the low-hanging fruit making headlines and feeding campaign emails.
With five Republicans fighting for the open state Senate seat vacated by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, one thing is almost certain: a May runoff.
State Sen. Glenn Hegar, a candidate for comptroller, amended his personal financial forms this week to include more information about his wife's income and investments.
All of the major Republican candidates for Texas agriculture commissioner strongly oppose any pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants — a position that the agricultural lobby says would cripple the industry in Texas.
Low voter turnout among Hispanics in Texas plays a key role in preventing the Republican-dominated state from being politically competitive, according to a new report.
Battleground Texas, the Democratic group working to make the state politically competitive, wrote a letter to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Tuesday saying it has broken no laws.
The way Democrats see it, Greg Abbott hurt himself by campaigning with caustic rocker Ted Nugent. In the Abbott camp, though, the Nuge blowback theory is another fiction spun by the liberal elites.
Greg Abbott had a campaign stop in Amarillo.
Three Texas Supreme Court justices up for re-election face GOP primary challenges. Backers of the incumbents are critical about where support for those challengers is coming from. And those challengers have questioned the current court's conservatism.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading GOP candidate for governor, has raised another $2.45 million in the last month, his campaign said. His likely Democratic opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis, has not yet reported her figures.
Maybe you were looking for a policy debate on transportation or water or school finance? That's not what the political candidates are talking about. They're focused on issues that motivate primary voters.
Though Republicans have dominated Texas politics over the last 20 years, GOP leaders have been preaching about the need for better minority outreach and updated technology. The emergence of the Democratic group Battleground Texas finally gave them a reason to get moving on it.
In the 12-way Republican primary for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, the candidates are running more against President Obama than against one another. The crowded field of candidates has had just three months to convince voters they are the best pick for Congress.
Fox News pundit and famed political consultant Karl Rove has become fodder for both Democrats and Republicans in this year's elections. Once considered among the most powerful people in Texas Republican politics, Rove is being used by some GOP candidates to challenge Sen. John Cornyn's conservative credentials.
In Potter County, there are five Early Voting locations.
Ryan Sitton (bottom right), a Republican candidate for railroad commissioner, says that if elected, he would remain involved with his company, which consults with some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. Some of his opponents have raised concerns.
When news broke that Greg Abbott, the Republican front-runner for governor, would be appearing at a campaign stop in North Texas with Ted Nugent, the self-proclaimed “Madman,” Democrats and social media erupted.
In a general election in November, a voter who doesn't know the candidates by name can make choices based on political party. It's not so easy in March, especially when the primary ballot is crowded.
All of the GOP candidates for agriculture commissioner have benefited from farm subsidies, and they could benefit from the new farm bill. But they are also critics of the federal government, which writes those subsidy checks.
"We felt like we were going to have a lot more people come out and vote for the primary," stated San Angelo Election Administrator Vona McKerley.
After three months in office, incumbent Steve Floyd is running for county judge. Read more here.
Candidate Janet McEntyre is running for public office for the first time. Read more here.
Terry Mobley is running for county clerk's office. Read the full story here.
Incumbent Elizabeth McGill is running for a fourth term. Read more here.
Richard Easingwood is running for Tom Green County Judge. He said, his main concern is water. Read more here.
City Councilman for District 4, Don Vardeman, is running for County Commissioner Precinct 3. While Vardeman has not been a councilman for even a year, he feels the change is necessary.
For the last three months, he has filled in as Precinct 3 County Commissioner. Now, the Interim Incumbent Rick Bacon is running for a full term.
The race between incumbent Dianna Spieker and Lyleann McClellan Thee is one of the few races where the Republican primary will determine who will be in office January 1, 2015. Read more here.
This election coverage is one of the few where the race will end in March because there are not any Democratic candidates. Read more here.
Kenny McCrea the owner of McCrea Outdoors, is running again for Tom Green County Commissioner Precinct 4. Read the full story here.
Commissioner Bill Ford is seeking a full term. "Due to the vacancy in my position, I've been there for 13 months," stated Ford. Read more here.
Shannon Thomason, from Big Spring, is running for Representative of District 72. Learn more about him here.
Representative Drew Darby is running for reelection against opponent Shannon Thomason in the primary. Voting for the March 4th primary begins February 18th. Read more here.