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

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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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. 

Early voting for next week’s election continues through this Friday. Ronke Okpa isn’t on the ballot, but the Nigerian-American is actively involved with a group called Red State Women, and hosting fund-raisers for Governor Rick Perry and the Republican who hopes to replace him.

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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. 

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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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Sen. Leticia Van de Putte says her Republican opponent for lieutenant governor is fear-mongering with his first fall television ad released this week.

The ad links the threat of an ISIS invasion to the candidates' dueling policies over immigration.

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A statewide poll says Republican Greg Abbott went into Tuesday night’s governor’s debate at KERA leading Democrat Wendy Davis by nine points.

That’s less of a lead than internal Abbott campaign polls recently showed, but a difficult gap for Davis to makeup with just five weeks until the November 4 election. 

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Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte went head to head Monday night in their only debate in the race to be the state’s next lieutenant governor. The Austin debate showcased their wide differences on nearly every issue.

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The Texas Tribune

The two state senators hoping to be Texas’ next lieutenant governor appeared at their only scheduled debate Monday night. Republican Dan Patrick and Democrat Leticia Van de Putte faced off in Austin. 

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The Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: the candidates for Texas lieutenant governor will put up their dukes, investigators say the driver of the 18-wheeler that killed four community college softball players didn’t brake, what it’s like to date Austin's “Professor Dumpster”, and more.

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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.

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.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: there’s a flash flood watch for most of North Texas, the candidates for lieutenant governor take sides on Congress’ latest immigration bill, new photos of an old German war ship off the Texas coast, and more.

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The candidates for lieutenant governor have, not surprisingly, staked out opposing positions on a proposal that would speed the return of migrant children to their Central American countries.

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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.

Texas Democrats Rally Around Davis, Van de Putte At Dallas Convention

Jun 28, 2014
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Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte shared the spotlight at the Texas Democratic Party convention in Dallas on Friday night, promising to change the direction of the state, ripping their Republican opponents and imploring Democrats to break the GOP’s two-decade grip on state government.

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.

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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. 

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Texas Democrats will shine a spotlight on their top-of-the-ticket female candidates as they begin their three-day convention in Dallas Thursday.

In an interview with KERA, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said his party will also contrast its beliefs with those Republicans enshrined in their state platform earlier this month.

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Texas Republicans have abandoned a guest-worker program and taken a harder position on illegal immigration in their party platform.

The platform adopted Saturday also borrows from some positions State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican lieutenant governor nominee, has listed on his website.

Jennifer Whitney/Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Leticia Van de Putte, the Democrat facing the newly-nominated Republican Dan Patrick in the lieutenant governor race, said Wednesday that his pledge to meet with minority voters comes after “insulting” them.

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The Tea Party had its share of success in Tuesday’s primary runoffs, and more may lie ahead. KERA's Sam Baker looks ahead to the fall elections with Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.

In Tea Party Wins, A Double-Edged Sword For Texas Democrats

May 28, 2014
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As the results of Republican primary runoffs began to roll in Tuesday evening, Texas Democrats realized they were getting exactly what they wanted — and exactly what they feared.

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Six-term Democratic State Senator Leticia Van de Putte made her candidacy for lieutenant governor official on Saturday.  She told a crowd of some 500 in near her home in San Antonio that "Mama ain't happy." 

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte has reserved a gymnasium at San Antonio College where she's expected to announce her run for lieutenant governor on Nov. 23.

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While four Republicans are battling hard in the race for lieutenant governor, Democrats are hoping to persuade a spunky Latina from San Antonio to run against them. 

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis both plan to officially file as candidates for governor on Saturday. It’s the first day of a month-long period where Democrats and Republicans can do that.

In Arlington Thursday night Rep. Chris Turner and Democrats urged State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio to join Davis on the ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor. 

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, from San Antonio, says she may join likely gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on the statewide Democratic ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor.