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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Lieutenant Governor's Debate
7:22 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

RECAP: Patrick, Van de Putte Square Off In Their Only Debate (Video)

At 7 p.m., Republican Dan Patrick and Democrat Leticia Van de Putte will face off in Austin at the only scheduled lieutenant governor's debate.
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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Politics
6:11 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Davis, Abbott Wrangle Over New Controversy As They Head Into Final Debate

Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott will square off in The Texas Debates: The Race For Governor at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Laura Buckman / Bob Daemmrich The Texas Tribune

A new controversy has flared up as the candidates for governor prepare for their last televised debate on Tuesday at KERA. It involves the Texas Enterprise Fund which was designed to award financial incentives to companies that create jobs.

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Politics
6:28 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Abbott, Davis Present Their Visions For Education To School Administrators

Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott are competing for governor.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera and Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

The leading candidates for governor presented their visions for improving public education to one of the toughest audiences in the state -- several thousand school administrators meeting in Dallas.

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Politics
7:51 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Hoping To Appeal To Women, Davis Tries To Paint Abbott As Extreme On Abortion

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, candidates for governor.
Mark Graham/Cooper Neil The Texas Tribune

Democrat Wendy Davis appealed to women voters Tuesday by highlighting differences between herself and Republican opponent Greg Abbott on the issue that launched her race for governor- abortion.

Davis, who’s pro-choice, is challenging Abbott’s history of opposing abortion in cases where a woman becomes pregnant because of rape or incest.

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Politics
12:01 am
Mon September 22, 2014

With Four Weeks Until Early Voting, Greg Abbott And Wendy Davis Try To Connect

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, candidates for governor.
Mark Graham/Cooper Neil The Texas Tribune

The candidates for governor are back on the campaign trail after mixing it up in their first debate Friday night. On Saturday Democrat Wendy Davis sat for an hour-long interview in Austin. Republican Greg Abbott stayed in the Rio Grande Valley, hoping to attract Latino votes.

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Texas News
9:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Immigration Still In Spotlight As Valley Hosts First Governor's Debate

Volunteers at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church shelter in McAllen search for shoes to fit an immigrant child.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Tonight, the eyes of the Texas will be on the Rio Grande Valley when gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott meet in Edinburg for their first televised debate. 

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Politics
12:01 am
Thu September 18, 2014

David Alameel: 'I Want To Clean Up The Democratic Party'

Democrat David Alameel is challenging incumbent Republican John Cornyn for his U.S. Senate seat.
Ivan Pierre Aguirre Texas Tribune

The Democrat challenging Republican John Cornyn for his U.S. Senate seat knows he has an uphill battle against a better funded, established candidate. So why is David Alameel running?

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Politics
7:19 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Cornyn Hopes To Build GOP Support With Minority Outreach

Republican Sen. John Cornyn is seeking his third term.
Texas Tribune

It’s been smooth sailing so far for Texas Republican John Cornyn in his bid for a third term in the U.S. Senate.

His wide lead and enormous war chest have given him the luxury of waging a non-traditional campaign that includes an effort to draw minority voters into the Republican fold.

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Politics
2:19 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Abbott Raises Ethics Questions As Davis Begins Book Tour

Stephen Becker KERA News

Do candidate book tours promoted by a publisher violate Texas campaign contribution laws?

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Politics
12:04 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Wendy Davis Talks On National TV About Her Book And How She Ended Two Pregnancies

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, speaks to supporters of the Texas Organizing Project Sunday at a get-out-the vote rally.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, is releasing a memoir Tuesday that’s already making headlines. In it, the mother of two reveals she twice terminated pregnancies because of health issues. 

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