POLITICS: Elections

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at a Republican caucus held at the DoubleTree in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa on February 1, 2016.
Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at a Republican caucus held at the DoubleTree in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa on February 1, 2016.

Analysis: Texas, Uncharacteristically, is an Early Primary State

The presidential field is shrinking, but the nominations won’t be decided until Texans have spoken. It’s partly a matter of timing and partly a matter of size. Iowa and New Hampshire are important. But the nominees will only be decided after Texas — which starts early voting next week — and the rest of the states start weighing in.

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Court of Criminal Appeals Candidates Emphasize Experience

Democrat Lawrence "Larry" Meyers (top left) will face the winner of the Republican primary for Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2. The GOP candidates are Mary Lou Keel (top right), Chris Oldner (bottom left) and Ray Wheless (bottom right).
Democrat Lawrence "Larry" Meyers (top left) will face the winner of the Republican primary for Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2. The GOP candidates are Mary Lou Keel (top right), Chris Oldner (bottom left) and Ray Wheless (bottom right).

Although the Court of Criminal Appeals is the highest criminal court in the state — and it deals with a number of hot-button issues including the death penalty — its nine judges don’t attract much attention. That can make campaigning for a seat on the court difficult.

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Rand Paul Exits Race; Cruz Wins New Texas Support

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at a pre-caucus rally at Grace Baptist Church in Marion, Iowa on February 1, 2016. Marion is the last stop on  Cruz's second weeklong bus tour before he heads to Des Moines to await the results of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucus.
Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at a pre-caucus rally at Grace Baptist Church in Marion, Iowa on February 1, 2016. Marion is the last stop on Cruz's second weeklong bus tour before he heads to Des Moines to await the results of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucus.

Ted Cruz on Wednesday began winning over supporters of Rand Paul following his U.S. Senate colleague's exit from the race for the White House.