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Marjorie Kamys Cotera and Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

The leading candidates for governor presented their visions for improving public education to one of the toughest audiences in the state -- several thousand school administrators meeting in Dallas.

Mark Graham/Cooper Neil / The Texas Tribune

Democrat Wendy Davis appealed to women voters Tuesday by highlighting differences between herself and Republican opponent Greg Abbott on the issue that launched her race for governor- abortion.

Davis, who’s pro-choice, is challenging Abbott’s history of opposing abortion in cases where a woman becomes pregnant because of rape or incest.

Laura Buckman / Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

The second debate between Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Sen. Wendy Davis is a week from today, and both campaigns came to the KERA studios to decide the order of questions. Tom Stewart of the Davis campaign won both coin tosses. Here's how it worked out: 

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

In a precursor to their only head to head debate scheduled a week from today, Lt. Governor candidates Dan Patrick, and Leticia Van de Putte appeared on the same stage at different times. Each of them sat for a Q&A session with Evan Smith at the Texas Tribune’s annual festival in Austin.

Mark Graham/Cooper Neil / The Texas Tribune

The candidates for governor are back on the campaign trail after mixing it up in their first debate Friday night. On Saturday Democrat Wendy Davis sat for an hour-long interview in Austin. Republican Greg Abbott stayed in the Rio Grande Valley, hoping to attract Latino votes.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Tonight, the eyes of the Texas will be on the Rio Grande Valley when gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott meet in Edinburg for their first televised debate. 

Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Texas Tribune

The Democrat challenging Republican John Cornyn for his U.S. Senate seat knows he has an uphill battle against a better funded, established candidate. So why is David Alameel running?

Texas Tribune

It’s been smooth sailing so far for Texas Republican John Cornyn in his bid for a third term in the U.S. Senate.

His wide lead and enormous war chest have given him the luxury of waging a non-traditional campaign that includes an effort to draw minority voters into the Republican fold.

Stephen Becker / KERA News

Do candidate book tours promoted by a publisher violate Texas campaign contribution laws?

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, is releasing a memoir Tuesday that’s already making headlines. In it, the mother of two reveals she twice terminated pregnancies because of health issues. 

In a copy of her memoir obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, Davis writes that her unborn, already loved third daughter had an acute brain abnormality. She and her husband chose to terminate the pregnancy in 1997 after doctors told them the syndrome would cause the baby to suffer and was likely incompatible with life.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

This week Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis visited university campuses as they touted their plans for improving higher education.

But their styles couldn’t have been more different.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

On Sept. 30, the candidates for governor -- Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott -- will face off at KERA for a live, televised debate. 

We’re asking Texans to tweet their questions for the candidates using the hashtag #Texasdebates or send an email to debates@kera.org.

Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis campaigns / KERA

Later this month, KERA will host a debate between Texas governor candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis. What do you want to ask them?

We’re conducting a joint survey with The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5), our debate partners. Check out the survey here.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Attorney General Greg Abbott brought his campaign for governor to Dallas Tuesday to draw attention to his plan for higher education. But the hottest buzz surrounded debate jockeying between Abbott and his Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis.

BJ Austin / KERA News

Most of the attention for November elections has been on the governor’s race and battles between candidates.

But voters will also decide whether to use some of the oil and gas tax money that would go into the Rainy Day savings fund to pay for roads.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, said Wednesday she wants to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting cases of rape and sex assault.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.

Bob Booth / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In Fort Worth Thursday, State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, the Democrat running for lieutenant governor, rolled out her plan to provide a free, two-year college education to all qualified high school graduates.

Pierre Sibileau / Flickr

Some candidates this election season are accepting donations they can’t deposit in the bank or jingle in their pockets.

The Texas Tribune

Both major candidates for governor have launched statewide television commercials in the past week.  Republican Greg Abbott’s second TV ad is in Spanish and English and features his Hispanic mother-in-law. But it’s Democrat Wendy Davis’ first statewide ad that’s grabbing attention.

Mark Graham/Cooper Neil / The Texas Tribune

Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott has amassed a $35.6 million war chest in his campaign for Texas governor, a figure his aides called unprecedented Tuesday.

Alyssa Banta / Texas Tribune

The candidates at the top of the Texas Democratic ticket are back on the campaign trail Monday after pumping up party members at their state convention in Dallas over the weekend.

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis, and the party's candidate for lieutenant governor, Leticia Van De Putte, pumped up party faithful at their state convention. It's the first time Texas has had two women leading a political ticket, and the invitation to female voters rang out loud and clear in their Friday night speeches.

Bob Daemmrich/Laura Buckman / The Texas Tribune

Democrats will hit high gear at their convention Friday night with speeches by Wendy Davis, their candidate for governor, and Leticia Van de Putte, their nominee for lieutenant governor.

On Thursday, both candidates talked about their vision for education at the Texas Classroom Teachers Association conference in Fort Worth.  Davis’ Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, also spoke. 

Paul Moseley / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis talked Tuesday about building the Texas economy while her Republican opponent Greg Abbott zeroed in on Hispanic voters by releasing a Spanish language television ad.

Frank Librio / Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau

The site selection committee left town Friday, and Dallas feels good about its odds for being chosen to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Republicans choosing the 2016 site for their national convention found out Thursday why Dallas is called “Big D."

Greg Abbott Leads Wendy Davis By 12 Points In New UT/Texas Tribune Poll

Jun 12, 2014
Marjorie Kamys Cotera and Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Republican Greg Abbott leads Democrat Wendy Davis by 12 percentage points in the race for governor, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Gov. Rick Perry's office

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