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A few days ago, we noted the geographic similarities in the statewide performance of Democrats Bill White and Barack Obama in their respective (and losing) Texas campaigns. The same patterns held true in Harris County, where the former Houston mayor narrowly defeated incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, according to precinct-by-precinct maps.
View county-by-county thematic maps visualizing the partisan breakdown and turnout in the 2010 governor's race.
Gov. Rick Perry's new book, Fed Up!, has 56,000 words, but "federal," "government," "people," "Washington" and "states" are the most commonly used.
Texas is — at least geographically — more red after Tuesday's GOP wave.
A new rule that took effect this summer allows — for the first time — real categorization of campaign spending.
Since you probably don’t have time to look through 70-some campaign ad transcripts, we converted them into word clouds to help visualize the rhetoric of each political party. The word clouds compare the 100 most-used words by Republicans to the 100 most-used words by Democrats. The font size of each word is relative to its frequency of use.
Using data compiled by the Austin American-Statesman, we've produced county-by-county maps visualizing Texas Lottery sales by game type. A higher percentage of lottery revenue in Hill County counties, for example, came from Lotto sales in 2009. Many counties in West Texas, however, appear to prefer instant scratch-off tickets.
Rice University's political science chair concludes that the minority party's legislative influence rivals the days in which it controlled the Texas House chamber and the speaker’s chair.
What do per-capita contribution maps tell us about the Texas governor's race?
Most of the gubernatorial endorsements today by Texas sheriffs — though not all — map to the 2008 presidential election results.