TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/3/14

Our election brackets — borrowed without apology from college basketball's March Madness brackets — offer a guide to the 2014 elections, beginning with candidate filings (now complete) and documenting the step-by-step journey through the March primaries (now complete), the May runoffs and the general election in November.

We pulled the county-by-county vote totals for each statewide candidate headed to a runoff in their primary and analyzed what parts of the state got them there. Use our interactive to compare each candidate's performance.

In the most closely watched races, strong interest among Tea Party groups turned out to be a first step for campaigns hoping to unseat incumbents. The next step, access to ample funding, proved pivotal to a campaign's success.

In statewide races, Republicans who touted their stance against abortion — even when the offices they sought had little to do with the issue — saw strong primary night returns on Tuesday. 

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.

 

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.

With easy primary victories behind them, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis focused their remarks on the months leading up to the Nov. 4 election for governor. Watch what they both had to say. And the top two vote-getters in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor — state Sen. Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst — spoke to their supporters at events in Houston. Here is what they said after the votes were in.

In an election year in which Hispanic voters are crucial to Democratic success, the first feud of the now-official general election gubernatorial matchup is being fueled by state Sen. Wendy Davis' primary performance on the border.

Elections officials across the state said that voter ID was hardly an issue during the 11-day early voting period that led up to Tuesday’s primary. But opponents say the law has already disenfranchised voters.

It wasn't just statewide elections that stole the show on Tuesday night. Here's a look at down-ballot primary races that made headlines, too.

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.

Democrat Wendy Davis said last summer that she would quit doing private legal work for her public sector clients if she ran for governor. But months after she kicked off her campaign, the Fort Worth senator continues to represent them.