Tribpedia: 2008 Presidential Primary And Caucus

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The 2008 presidential primaries boosted turnout in both parties, increasing the size of the Republican primary by 250,000 voters and pushing the numbers in the Democratic primary over 2 million voters for the first time since 1972, when presidential and gubernatorial elections were on the same ticket. All together, more than 2.9 million people voted.

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Left: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Right: G.O.P. strategist Dave Carney.
Left: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Right: G.O.P. strategist Dave Carney.

Gingrich Defections Fuel More Talk of Perry Run

Newt Gingrich lost his presidential campaign staff Thursday, adding to rampant speculation that Gov. Rick Perry will scoop them up to launch his own White House bid. Two of the aides, Gingrich campaign manager Rob Johnson and consultant Dave Carney, have extensive links to Perry.

A Preview of the 2010 State Democratic Convention

At this weekend's state Democratic Party convention in Corpus Christi, there will be the usual speeches from candidates like gubernatorial hopeful Bill White, a debate over the party’s platform and a vote to determine its next chair. But one of the biggest fights could come when party officials reconsider the system that Texas Democrats use to award delegates in the presidential primary election process.