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Internal Memos Detail Wendy Davis Campaign Dysfunction

Nov 12, 2014
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Consultants for Democrat Wendy Davis warned her campaign months ago that the Fort Worth senator was headed for a humiliating defeat in the Texas governor’s race unless she adopted a more centrist message and put a stop to staggering internal dysfunction. 

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Tuesday's Republican sweep added a new layer of conservatism to state government in Texas.

KERA’s Shelley Kofler talked with Ross Ramsey with The Texas Tribune about how that might play out at the Texas Legislature.

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Republicans did well in Texas Tuesday night, sweeping all of the major statewide races. Here’s a roundup:

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The headlines from Election Day: Denton has banned fracking; Susan Hawk is the next Dallas County district attorney; Dallas City Council members get a pay raise; statewide, it's a Republican sweep; and more.

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Here are election results from selected races across Texas, courtesy of the Texas Tribune. Once the results are reported, they will show up below. They'll be updated throughout the evening.

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Republican Susan Hawk upset two-term Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins Tuesday in one of the closest races of the night. Hawk declared victory just after 11 p.m. as she led Watkins by a few thousand votes.

Greg Abbott Defeats Wendy Davis To Win Texas Governor's Race

Nov 5, 2014
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Attorney General Greg Abbott, presiding over another GOP sweep Tuesday night, defeated state Sen. Wendy Davis in the Texas governor’s race and helped usher in a whole new crop of Republican leaders up and down the statewide ballot.

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It wasn’t a surprise that Attorney General Greg Abbott won the race for Texas governor. The polls showed Democratic candidate Wendy Davis down by double digits for weeks. Still, on Tuesday night, Davis was upbeat about how far her party has come.

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Denton made history Tuesday night, becoming the first city in Texas to ban fracking within city limits. The vote passed 59 percent to 41 percent, to the surprise of even the supporters of the ban.

Dan Patrick Wins Big In Bid For Lieutenant Governor

Nov 4, 2014
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Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick cruised to a landslide victory Tuesday night in the race for lieutenant governor, defeating Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

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KERA 90.1 FM offered live election coverage from 7 p.m.-midnight from KERA and NPR reporters. At 9:30 p.m., we aired a special program featuring local elections. 

Beyond Wins And Losses, 5 Things About Election Day In Texas

Nov 4, 2014
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Republicans appear poised to maintain their grip on every statewide office in Texas for a 16th straight year, yet Tuesday’s election results will yield information beyond winners and losers.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texans head to the polls to cast their vote for several big ticket items, have an umbrella handy today, what Dallasites think of their city, and more.

Map: Find Your Polling Place On Election Day

Nov 4, 2014
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Do you plan to vote on Tuesday, but you don't know where to go? Here's a handy tool.

Voters across the country are headed to polls this morning. Thirty-six U.S. Senate seats and 36 governor's chairs are in play.

Our friends at It's All Politics have a ton of coverage. We'll leave you with five headlines from across the web that give you a broad overview of what to expect:

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For months, the candidates for Texas governor have sparred, debated, and tried to sell themselves to voters.  Tuesday night, Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott will find out who will lead this state.

If recent trends holds true, more Texas women than men will vote in tomorrow’s election. That’s one reason the candidates for governor have appealed directly to women. 

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Once again, the battle over a state senate seat in Tarrant County is the most closely watched legislative race in Texas.  

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Today’s the last day for early voting in Texas. To celebrate the big day – and preview the even bigger day next Tuesday, KERA's vice president of news Rick Holter sat down with the man known as "The Political Junkie." Ken Rudin is a former NPR political editor who now runs the Political Junkie podcast and website.

In Blue Dallas County, Republicans Play Defense

Oct 29, 2014
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On the first day of early voting, politics was not at the top of Dallas' concerns. Instead, residents were obsessed with Ebola, a disease less threatening to their lives, statistically, than the furniture in their homes. 

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There’s been an uptick in early voting in Denton, as much as 6,000 compared to the last mid-term election, and many say it’s because of a proposal to ban fracking within city limits. The city that sits on top of 500 square miles of valuable gas reserves could become the first Texas town to prohibit hydraulic fracturing.

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In the past month, Texas voters have seen a lot of Leticia Van de Putte, the Democrat running for lieutenant governor. But they haven't seen nearly as much of her Republican opponent, Dan Patrick. 

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The education issue has taken center stage in the race for lieutenant governor as the two state senators duke it out on the airwaves. 

On the campaign trail for Dallas County district attorney, the candidates have spent as much time attacking each other as they have debating policy.

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In addition to the many candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot, Texans are voting on a constitutional amendment known as Proposition 1. If it passes, a portion of oil and gas tax money flowing into the state’s rainy day savings account will be used for transportation.

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Early voting is underway across the state and both Tarrant and Dallas counties are seeing a steady stream of voters at the polls.

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Two weeks of early voting begins Monday and the candidates for governor are working to get their supporters to the polls.

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As early voting begins today, the candidates for lieutenant governor are competing for one of the most powerful positions on the ballot. The winner of the race will control the Texas Senate and bills considered in that chamber.  Here’s a look at how the contenders -- Republican Dan Patrick and Democrat Leticia Van de Putte -- differ on one of the state’s most important issues: education.

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Get out your voter ID and head to the polls -- early voting begins today and continues through Oct.31. 

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The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.

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