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Political news from North Texas, across the state and beyond.

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Texas may not be a critical swing state in this year’s presidential campaign, but that doesn’t mean Texans aren’t eager to hear the candidates make their case and press for votes in tonight’s debate.

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Accusations and insults flew last night as Democratic Senate Candidate Paul Sadler tried to narrow the double-digit lead held by Republican Ted Cruz. 

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What could surprise pollsters releasing a statewide U.S. Senate poll Tuesday? Five weeks before the election, more than a quarter of registered voters in Texas remain undecided.

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Here at The High Five, we’re all about thoughtful civic participation. And exacting competition. And discussing these ideas over cocktails at high-toned Dallas bars.

Final details have been locked down for KERA’s Oct. 19 debate between Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Paul Sadler, who are running to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz and Democratic candidate Paul Sadler have both accepted a KERA invitation to debate.

North Texas delegates are proud to be part of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. While it may take time, they’re also optimistic about changing Texas’ color from red… to blue.

The Democratic National Convention convenes today in Charlotte, North Carolina. A first-time delegate from Fort Worth is anxious to bump up the profile of Texas Democrats.

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North Texas delegates are reporting both triumphs and disappointments from the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Texas Republican Senate candidate Ted Cruz basked in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention last evening. But he’s still not a well known name outside the Lone Star state. Matt Laslo reports from Tampa.

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Fort Worth State House member Marc Veasey has defeated his Dallas challenger, former State Representative Domingo Garcia.

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Attorney Ted Cruz credits a grassroots movement with his defeat of Lt. Governor David Dewhurst for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.  

Today Texas voters are deciding party nominees for the U.S. Senate, newly created Congressional District 33 and other important races across the state.

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Mail-in ballots for the the Congressional District 33 race in  Dallas and Tarrant Counties have exceeded mail-in ballot numbers turned in for the primary --  in half the time.

Governor Rick Perry joined former Senate candidates Craig James and past Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert at a phone bank to back Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. 

National tea party organizers say tomorrow’s U.S. Senate race between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst is an important test. It will tell them whether the efforts of tea party activists can defeat established Republican candidates in a big, red state like Texas.

Early voting for the July 31st runoff election ends today. Local and state officials say turnout so far has been far higher than expected, as KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports.

National tea party favorites took stage at a packed American Airlines arena in Dallas last night.  South Carolina Senator Jim Demint was among those who told a crowd of 15,000 that Tea Party conservatives across the country are poised to defeat incumbent Republicans again this year.

The brand new Congressional District 33 runoff race is one of the hottest in North Texas. Early voter turnout is already higher than predicted. Fort Worth’s Marc Veasey and Domingo Garcia, from Dallas, have honed their messages to win as many Democratic votes as possible. 

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If you don’t have your voters’ certificate, or driver’s license, or a state-issued ID, you can still vote in the Texas primary runoff elections starting today.

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Early voting begins today for Texas runoff elections. Nowhere are the candidates campaigning harder and spending more money than in the Republican U.S. Senate race. On Saturday Ted Cruz headlined three Tea Party rallies beginning in Garland, where he fired up a crowd of about 100.

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Former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert upstaged a televised debate between Republican senate candidates David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz Tuesday night when he appeared with Dewhurst and endorsed him. 

Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert finished third in the Republican primary behind Dewhurst and Cruz, both of whom sought his support.

Leppert said his decision on who to endorse came down to the question of who could create jobs.  He said Dewhurst has proven he can do that by building a successful energy business. 

Less than three weeks before Election Day an independent poll shows Ted Cruz overtaking David Dewhurst in the Republican race for the U.S. Senate.  It comes in the midst of news that previous Dewhurst speeches have been removed from the Internet. 

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Accusations of dishonesty and Republican involvement fired up the debate between Congressional District 33 Democrats Domingo Garcia and Marc Veasey as they squared off at KERA Tuesday.

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During last night’s KERA debate, Democrats running for Congress in District 33 disagreed over Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Air Force jet. It’s built in Fort Worth by thousands of workers. State Representative Marc Veasey from Fort Worth favors the fighter. Former Dallas State Representative Domingo Garcia has concerns.

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The Democratic primary hopefuls in the new Congressional District 33 race traded political shots during Tuesday’s debate on KERA. 

Sparks flew in recent meetings between former Dallas State Representative Domingo Garcia and Fort Worth State House member Marc Veasey. Tonight, fireworks may flare again in KERA’s runoff debate between the two Democrats.

The Democratic candidates in the runoff for US Senate talked about health care, border security, gay marriage and marijuana in their first televised debate hosted by KERA. BJ Austin reports.

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Some of the undecided Republican voters attending Friday’s U.S. Senate debate between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst say they now know who they will support, though most with seats in the KERA studio haven’t changed their minds.

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Republican Senate candidates Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst are back on the campaign trail after facing off for the first time Friday. That’s when they appeared in KERA’s statewide debate. Bill Zeeble reports if the debate is any indicator, differences voters see between the two may be more on style than policy.

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