POLITICS: Elections

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.

The Election Hotlist for the 2016 Texas Primaries

Texas Weekly

For our recurring list of the most competitive races in Texas statewide, congressional and legislative elections, we lifted the color scheme from the inventors of the federal terror watch, ranking races by the threat to each incumbent, to the incumbent party, or just by the level of interest and heat generated.

After Rand Paul Exits, Cruz Wins New Supporters in Texas

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. 

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