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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Five Days In October
12:01 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Abbott, Davis Downplay New Toll Roads As Way To End Traffic Gridlock

A look at the new LBJ Express, which includes managed toll lanes.
LBJ Express

KERA and its media partners  -- The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) -- continue Five Days in October, a week-long report about issues the governor's race. Today, we look at how Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis would address the state's growing need for infrastructure. That includes toll roads and the role they should play in relieving traffic congestion.

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Government
5:09 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Federal Court Reinstates Texas Voter ID For Upcoming Election

Julian Aguilar Texas Tribune

A federal court today confirmed that Texas voters will need a valid photo ID when early voting begins next Monday. 

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Politics
1:57 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Davis Says Wheelchair Ad Exposes Hypocrisy, Abbott Calls It Offensive

Wendy Davis' latest TV ad opens with a picture of a wheelchair which is used to represent opponent Greg Abbott.
Texas Tribune/YouTube

Greg Abbott, the Republican running for governor, says opponent Wendy Davis' TV ad that uses a wheelchair to represent him is "offensive." 

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Politics
1:41 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Wendy Davis Defends Her Controversial Wheelchair Ad

A screenshot taken from the Wendy Davis campaign ad that first aired Oct. 10.
Texas Tribune/YouTube

Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, said Monday that a controversial TV ad criticizing Republican opponent Greg Abbott is about highlighting how Abbott has declined the justice he received to those in similar circumstances.

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Five Days In October
7:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

How Would Greg Abbott And Wendy Davis Secure The Border?

Gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis support greater border enforcement but differ on what the approach should be.
Texas Army National Guard

This week, KERA, The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) are producing a series of coordinated reports we’re calling Five Days in October. Each day we’re looking at where the leading candidates for governor stand on a specific issue. Today, we look at border security and how Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis differ on deploying National Guard troops along the border.

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10:02 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Five Days In October: Exploring The Issues Facing Candidates For Governor

KERA, the Dallas Morning News, NBC5 and Telemundo 39 recently asked Texans to identify the issues they're most concerned about. For five days this week we're combining forces to look at where Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis stand on those issues. We began looking at the candidates' views on education, followed by the border, healthcare, the economy and infrastructure.
Find out where Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis stand on the big issues in the race for governor with our Five Days in October series along with partners KERA, NBC5 and Telemundo 39. Day 1 topic: Education
Politics
7:20 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Van De Putte Calls For Replacing National Guard On Border With More DPS Officers

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

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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Five Days In October
2:09 am
Fri October 10, 2014

How Would Greg Abbott And Wendy Davis Use Student Test Scores?

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Today KERA, The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) begin a series of coordinated reports we’re calling Five Days in October. Each day we’ll look at where the leading candidates for governor stand on certain issues. We begin with education, and answers to a question about student test scores that was tweeted during KERA’s televised gubernatorial debate last week.

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Ebola In Dallas
7:15 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Dallas DA Considering Charges Against Ebola Patient And Family He Stayed With

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins says he may file charges against the Liberian man who brought Ebola to Dallas.
Craig Watkins/Facebook

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins says he’s considering whether to prosecute the Liberian man who brought the Ebola virus to Dallas.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Poll Says Abbott Leading Davis By 9 Points Going Into Tuesday's Debate At KERA

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, debated at KERA studios Tuesday night.
KERA News

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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