Elections

Election night 2014 was a big one for Republicans across Texas. They swept statewide positions and even won their first countywide race in Dallas in a decade. Catch up with KERA's election-night live blog here.

Check the final results here:

Top statewide races

The Texas Debates: Race for Governor

The most high-profile race was the one for governor: Greg Abbott, the Republican attorney general, walloped Wendy Davis, a Democratic state senator from Fort Worth. Need a refresher on the positions? They debated Sept. 30 in the KERA studios during The Texas Debates: Race for Governor. Watch the debate here:

KERA and media partners also produced a week of reports called Five Days in October that highlighted issues in the governor's race.  

Scroll down to read all of KERA's coverage of the 2014 elections.

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Politics
6:18 am
Wed October 29, 2014

A Proposed Fracking Ban Sends Denton Voters To The Polls

This first-time voter, Katheryn Chapman, made signs to show where she stands on the fracking ban in Denton.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

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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Politics
12:01 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Map: Is Dan Patrick Running A 'Stealth' Campaign?

Dan Patrick debated his Republican primary opponents at KERA in January.
LM Otero Associated Press

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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Politics
9:08 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Van De Putte, Patrick Ads Battle Over Education

Democrat Leticia Van de Putte faces Republican Dan Patrick in the race for lieutenant governor.
Jennifer Whitney/Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

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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Politics
9:38 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Race For Dallas County District Attorney Heats Up

Former Judge Susan Hawk and current Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins will face off in the Nov. election.

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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Government
12:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

TxDOT Commissioner Says New Funding Could Change Reliance On Toll Roads

Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck presents a volunteerism award to Victor Vandergriff in 2011.
City of Arlington

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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Elections
3:02 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Map: Find Your Early Voting Polling Station

Jacqueline Mermea The Texas Tribune

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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Politics
11:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

For Abbott And Davis, It's Now About Getting Supporters To Vote

Democrat Wendy Davis met with volunteers block-walking for her in Dallas on Sunday.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

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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Politics
12:01 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Grab Your Photo ID -- Early Voting Begins Today

Joe Shlabotnik flickr.com

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

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Government
11:26 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Supreme Court Requires Texas Voter ID For Voting That Begins Monday

When early voting begins Monday Texans will be required to show a valid Voter ID at the polls.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

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

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Politics
6:54 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ebola 'Sucks The Oxygen' Out Of Election Coverage

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says coordinating the Ebola response leaves little time to campaign for reelection.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

On Monday, early voting begins in Texas.  If you haven’t heard a lot about it, that might be because the evolving Ebola crisis in Dallas has overwhelmed news coverage -- even in one campaign where the Ebola response seems to be the issue.

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