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:

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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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Elections
2:39 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Perry Campaigns For Support In Iowa

Rick Perry
KUT News

Governor Rick Perry wrapped up his first bus tour of Iowa this past Sunday. He's trying to drum up support for the January 3 caucuses. The message of the week was: vote the outsider into Washington - and shake things up.

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Daily Roundup
9:20 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Dallas County Commissioners Race Heats Up

Elected officials and political hopefuls have another week to decide if they'll run in the March primaries.

Longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is facing opposition in the March Democratic primary. His former assistant, Betty Culbreath has filed to run against him.

SMU political scientist Dr. Cal Jillson says Price has a loyal constituency, even under the cloud of an FBI corruption investigation.

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Government
11:59 am
Tue November 29, 2011

New Election Districts Generate Scramble

Dallas, TX – Fort Worth Council member Kathleen Hicks yesterday became the first Democrat to file for Tarrant County's newly created Congressional District 33. It's a race that is expected to draw a big field of competitive candidates. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports on the possibility of Tarrant again having a Democrat in Washington, and on the Republican challenge that could prevent that.

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Daily Roundup
6:47 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Texas Asks Court To Stop Redistricting Plan

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Dallas, TX – The Supreme Court has been asked to stop a federal court from implementing a state redistricting map in Texas that could increase minority representation in the state Legislature.

The state's attorney general, Greg Abbott, filed the request with the high court on Monday. The court-drawn map was drafted after minority groups challenged the original plan passed by the Republican-dominated state Legislature.

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Elections
2:26 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Perry Campaign Begins Damage Control

Gov. Rick Perry talking to the media after the CNBC Republican presidential debate on Nov. 9, 2011.
Ben Philpott/KUT

Austin, TX – Political operatives, reporters and pundits alike agreed - the biggest story to come out of last nights republican debate in Michigan was Governor Rick Perry's gaffe. As Ben Philpott reports For KUT News, the more important story is what his performance on stage may have started behind the scenes.

Just how bad was it?

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Elections
2:23 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Texans Vote On Amendments

Dallas, TX – It's Election Day in Texas. Voters are deciding ten state constitutional amendments.

Rich Parsons, with the Secretary of State's office says early voting was about 2%. He says voter turnout for constitutional amendment elections is never as high as presidential or gubernatorial elections.

Parsons: The last two election cycles for proposed constitutional amendments we've seen total a little more than 8% turnout.

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Elections
7:41 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Tuesday Vote: 10 Constitutional Amendments

Dallas, TX – Texans decide ten constitutional amendments at the polls Tuesday. Proposition 9 would allow the Governor to pardon someone who has successfully completed a "deferred adjudication". That's a plea agreement that includes probation and community service.

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Elections
4:53 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Mormon Presidential Candidates Face Hurdle In Texas

Austin, TX – The two Mormons running for president Republicans Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman face a significant obstacle in Texas. More than one in five Texas voters 23 percent say most of the people they know would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate even if they agreed with him or her on the issues, according to the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

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Elections
7:43 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

North Texas Voters Weigh In On Perry Campaign

Dallas, TX – Texas Republicans surveyed in a new poll don't seem to be buying Gov. Rick Perry's campaign claim that his policies are responsible for Texas' job-creating economy.

In the University of Texas- Texas Tribune poll, some 65 percent said Texas's natural resources and policies are the reason the state's economy has outperformed others. Just 21 percent of Republican voters credited Rick Perry's leadership.

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Elections
4:57 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Poll: Most Texans Don't Credit Perry On Economy

Governor Rick Perry speaking at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas.
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Austin, TX – A key part of Gov. Rick Perry's pitch to Republican presidential primary voters is the performance of the state's economy especially in job creation during his tenure as governor. But Texas voters, for the most part, are more likely to see him as a bystander to the state's success than its driver, according to the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

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