In closing arguments to voters Tuesday night, incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and his challenger, state Sen. Dan Patrick, avoided much of the spitefulness that has characterized the Republican contest.
Nationally, the Tea Party may have lost some strength since its rise four years ago. But in Texas, one large Tea Party organization has joined forces with other conservative groups to try to become the dominant voice in Texas Republican politics.
The nasty tone of the GOP lieutenant governor's race is not new in Texas politics — just think back to when Jim Mattox and Ann Richards faced off in the 1990 Democratic runoff for governor.
The Texas State Comptroller is the chief tax collector, and the chief accounting officer for the State of Texas.
An email sent to political reporters Friday suggests Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's campaign was involved in exposing detailed information about GOP runoff opponent Dan Patrick's history of medical treatment for mental health issues.
Reports of a state senator’s 1980s treatment for depression and exhaustion became an issue in the lieutenant governor’s race late Thursday, when the Quorum Report, a political newsletter, unearthed court papers detailing Dan Patrick’s medical history.
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.
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.
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.
Municipal elections are Saturday.
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.
The last day to early vote is next Tuesday.
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.
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.
A member of the House committee considering impeachment proceedings against a UT regent received a campaign contribution from a PAC that got hefty financial support from that same regent.
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.
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.
The telephone survey was continued April 13-15 among more than one thousand voters.
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.
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.
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.
John Ratcliffe, who is in a Republican primary runoff with U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, says the incumbent has been in Washington too long. What he's not saying is that Hall, who turns 91 next month, is too old for office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the campaigns for gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis use social media to expand the discourse on the issues they consider priorities, they must also deal with addressing issues like name calling and personal attacks in such forums.
It might be tempting to romanticize the Tea Party as something distinct from the Republican Party, but poll data suggests that Tea Party voters would support using government power to enact unquestionably conservative policies.
A week after the primary election, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples reflect on their failed bids for lieutenant governor, weigh in on David Dewhurst, Dan Patrick and the May runoff, and talk about what the future holds for them.
Will primary night results carry into runoffs? Not necessarily, political observers say. A recent change in election law has prompted Texas to extend the time between primaries and runoffs.
Jerry Patterson and Todd Staples offered differing takes on Tuesday on how the May runoff between their former lieutenant governor primary opponents — Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst — might turn out.
Wendy Davis isn't the first Democratic candidate for governor to lose a fifth of her primary vote, and GOP crowing about the size of its own electorate hides the overall unpopularity of voting in primary elections.
An email from a lobbyist at one of the state's largest law firms suggests there may be efforts underway to persuade three second-place Republican primary finishers to withdraw from the May runoffs.
What's in a name? For some candidates in this week's primaries, including Jim Hogan and Malachi Boyuls, the answer may have been a few thousand votes.
Some Republicans' digs at Wendy Davis' performance in the Democratic primary on Tuesday have obscured the fact that turnout was down for both parties compared with 2010.
For the second time in two years, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is in a primary runoff. And the odds are heavily against him. He'll face state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who finished first in Round 1 of a race that Dewhurst hopes will win him another term.
Candidates in several races came out swinging during the primary season, and that is not expected to ebb during the runoff campaign — particularly in the GOP races for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
In an election year in which Hispanic voters are crucial to Democratic success, the first feud of the now-official general election gubernatorial match-up is being fueled by state Sen. Wendy Davis' primary performance on the border.