Morgan Meyer and Chart Westcott are battling for an open Dallas County House seat in an urban Republican district where the pockets are deep, the endorsers are famous and the Tea Party is relatively weak.
In the May 27 Democratic runoff for House District 105, two lawyers from Irving are contending for the chance to take on a former Republican former state legislator.
A candidate's record as a lawyer has become an issue in the Republican runoff for attorney general. Something very much like this happened in the GOP runoff for the office in 1998.
Kinky Friedman has injected some star power into the race for agriculture commissioner, but he and his Democratic primary opponent, Jim Hogan, have been largely rejected by state party leaders.
Voters will decide among four Republican candidates Saturday in a special election to replace state Sen. Tommy Williams, and the race could go to a runoff this summer if no candidate collects more than 50 percent of the vote.
Abbott says as Texas Governor he would seek bonuses for high school teachers whose students perform well on college readiness exams.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott announced the third plank of his education policy plan on Thursday, calling for millions in increased funding for online learning initiatives.
David Alameel and Kesha Rogers, the two Democrats facing off in a May 27 primary runoff for U.S. Senate, spoke with KUT News about why they're running for office.
Pat Hardy, a 12-year incumbent on the State Board of Education, is facing a tough re-election fight against a Tea Party activist in a Republican primary runoff that could shift the balance of power on the GOP-dominated board.
In the most contentious matchup yet in what has become an increasingly vicious Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst hurled personal attacks at each in Dallas on Wednesday.
If a Libertarian or a Green Party candidate won a race for the Texas Legislature or statewide office, it would be a first. But those candidates can determine who does get into office.
Prominent Texas Democrats are backing David Alameel in a primary runoff for U.S. Senate. His opponent, Kesha Rogers, supports impeaching President Obama and argues that state party leaders are out of touch with their voters.
The first round of the GOP fight for attorney general resembled most of the Republican primary battles this year. But in the runoff, allegations that one candidate broke the law may have shifted the dynamics of the race.
It doesn't matter how many votes you get in a legislative or congressional election as long as it's more than the opponent. It is possible to win a legislative election with fewer votes than some of the losers.
This week the head of the Democratic Governors Association said the Texas governor's race isn’t in the top tier of races his group will be financially backing in 2014. What will that lack of support mean for Wendy Davis' chances here?
In her latest education proposal, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is calling for reduced emphasis on standardized testing and more local control of educational accountability measures.
Political mapmakers have moved most of the real competition for congressional and legislative races in Texas to the March primaries. The November general elections will feature only a dozen or so real contests on the ballot.
The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in CD-36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff.
Creighton, businessman Gordy Bunch, former state Sen. Michael Galloway and state Rep. Steve Toth are looking to replace state Sen. Tommy Williams in a May 10 special election.
César Blanco, an El Paso native and former congressional staffer, came close to beating his Democratic primary opponents outright. The newcomer faces feisty veteran Norma Chávez in the runoff.
Education again took center stage in the Texas governor's race Wednesday as Republican candidate Greg Abbott unveiled a second round of proposals to reform the state's system.
Republicans Mike Schofield and Ann Hodge are speeding toward a May 27 runoff for House District 132, the Houston-area seat that state Rep. Bill Callegari is vacating after serving seven terms in the lower chamber.
State Rep. Stefani Carter might have had an easy time seeking re-election to her seat in House District 102. But after she reversed a decision to run a statewide campaign for railroad commissioner, she re-entered what had become a crowded contest for her House seat. Now she's in a tight spot heading into her May runoff with Linda Koop.
Sen. Ken Paxton, the leading Republican candidate for attorney general, canceled his appearance at a Tea Party event Monday evening so he could focus on a review of his financial disclosure filings, a moderator said.
The campaign of attorney general candidate Ken Paxton is "reviewing and researching" its disclosure obligations in the wake of a Tribune investigation into his work as an investment adviser representative and other business relationships.
GOP House group takes in $21 million, outraised by Dems in first quarter.
Some new numbers released today from a new Texas Tech survey showing some very interesting findings about where Texans stand politically on issues like gay marriage, immigration and who will be the next Governor of Texas.
Politics is full of turnarounds, double-crosses and strategic misunderstandings. But a big business group's decision to switch sides in the race for lieutenant governor was a rare exhibition of political hardball.
Former state Rep. Mark Shelton and Tea Party favorite Konni Burton are vying in a Republican runoff election for the state Senate seat left open by Wendy Davis. It's a swing district that both political parties are paying close attention to.
With last session's divisive abortion debate as a backdrop, Democrats are getting help from the newly created Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Action Fund. Republicans say they don't expect much of a challenge, but they've established their own group to tackle women's issues.
Not all political candidates are chosen in primary elections. Some get on the November ballot with the votes of fewer people than you might see at a local Tea Party rally.
Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, is trying to broaden her appeal beyond the filibuster that made her famous. But in her latest fundraising mailer to supporters, that June night is front and center, in the images and in the pitch itself.
After questions were raised about language in a policy proposal that appears to call for the biannual testing of pre-kindergarten students, Greg Abbott’s campaign is clarifying his early education plan, saying he is not calling for such tests.
Despite national improvement in election performance between 2008 and 2012, Texas ranked among the lowest-performing states, according to new data released Tuesday.
A former Texas Railroad Commission chairman is helping Ryan Sitton fight back against conflict-of-interest allegations in the Republican primary runoff for an open seat on the commission.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis highlighted her efforts to mobilize Texas voters at volunteer summit in Austin on Saturday.
State Sen. Dan Patrick has credited his success to grassroots support. But his momentum has also been built on lessons learned navigating the old-school politics of Harris County, where he has aggressively courted a small number of influential conservatives.
Davis is stopping in Amarillo today from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fernando's Mexican Restaurant.
In his first run for public office, Malachi Boyuls encountered a big state, a crowded ballot and some difficulty with names — both his own and that of the office he sought.
Two of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's top political aides have left his campaign amid internal conflict about the direction of his re-election bid.
Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says he's looking “to make Texas the No. 1 education system in the United States within 10 years.” He has to find a way to suggest improvements while not criticizing his ally Rick Perry.
The Republican establishment is finding itself in the role of the hunted, as conservatives — especially in statewide races — dominate the political conversation.
Texas voters don't like property taxes, and Republican Glenn Hegar has said he favors eliminating them. His opponent in the comptroller's race, Mike Collier, is talking up the likely result: a huge increase in sales tax.
Neither Greg Abbott nor Wendy Davis has spent much of their gubernatorial campaigns talking about the energy industry and regulations. But Texans should have little trouble distinguishing their positions on the issue. As a lawmaker, Davis has a detailed record, and Abbott has staked his position in the courts.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Monday renewed her attack on her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, for his opposition to a Texas version of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
A handful of candidates seeking election this year are trying to win the favor of some of the same voters who previously voted them out of office.
The Texas Senate's swing to the right started more than 20 years ago, when the incumbents' definition of extreme simply meant a Republican had entered the Capitol. Now some of those same Republicans are under fire for being too liberal.
In 2013, developer Don Huffines and state Sen. Ken Paxton backed the expansion of a taxing district in North Texas — a practice that isn’t uncommon, but that has exposed a fiscal rift among conservatives. Neither Paxton nor Huffines sees a conflict with their conservative ideology, but critics on the left and right have raised questions about the districts.
For political challengers, a runoff can be good news: They lived to fight another day. For incumbent officeholders, runoffs are fraught with the idea that voters are shopping for someone new.
In the latest iteration of the fight over women's issues in the Texas governor’s race, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and his Democratic opponent state Sen. Wendy Davis are sounding off over equal pay.