Tribpedia: 2010 General Election

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November 2, 2010 marked the general election, known as a "midterm," since it was a non-presidential year. Voters in Texas chose a governor and a host of statewide candidates, as well as candidates for Congress, the Legislature, State Board of Education and the courts.

The governor's race was a multi-million dollar affair, in which the 30-day out campaign finance ...

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Analysis: Short of a Win, Measuring Democrats' Progress

Chris Ornelas, a Texas Organizing Project employee, speaking with Armando Rodriguez while canvassing in San Antonio's west side on Sept. 4, 2014.
Chris Ornelas, a Texas Organizing Project employee, speaking with Armando Rodriguez while canvassing in San Antonio's west side on Sept. 4, 2014.

Even if Texas Republicans sweep this year's statewide races, there are ways to figure out whether and where Democratic organizing efforts have made any headway. Or there will be, once the results are in. One clue will be the number of Democrats who vote, even for losing candidates, in each county.

Court Stays the Course on Politics and Business

Corporations and unions can play in politics, but a full disclosure is not required. A corporate political campaign in East Texas two years ago was unusual, featuring an unknown corporation that was open about what it was doing when it ran ads that targeted a state legislator.

Dan Neil at table with attorneys during a public hearing for the election contest of House D-48
Dan Neil at table with attorneys during a public hearing for the election contest of House D-48

Neil Remains Hopeful Despite Long Wait

The 82nd legislative session will be about half over by the time lawmakers in a specially-appointed committee decide whether Republican Dan Neil or incumbent Democratic state Rep. Donna Howard, of Austin, won the disputed HD-48 seat.

Political Faces of 2010

2010 didn't turn out like it looked a year ago. Unexpected people showed up. The political environment bloomed red instead of blue. The Tea was strong. And big shots turned into paper tigers. Here are some of the political personalities who mattered.

Dallas County has grown increasingly Democratic in the last decade. In the map, darker precincts represent support for Democrats Tony Sanchez and Bill White, who ran in 2002 and 2010, respectively.
Dallas County has grown increasingly Democratic in the last decade. In the map, darker precincts represent support for Democrats Tony Sanchez and Bill White, who ran in 2002 and 2010, respectively.

As Texas Gets Increasingly Red, Dallas Goes Blue

Texas may be reddening, but Dallas County’s turning a darker shade of blue. While the GOP picked up hotly contested Dallas-area state House seats in November, the county voted for challenger Bill White over incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Perry by a margin of 12 percentage points. Straight-ticket voters also helped Democratic District Attorney Craig Watkins cling to his office in a squeaker and gave the County Commissioners Court its first Democratic majority in nearly 30 years.

Politics, Demographics Cost Waco Area Its Clout

It was a bad Election Night for residents of the largest city in McLennan County. After years of regional dominance, their congressional seat belongs to Bryan, halfway to Houston; their state senate seat is 86 miles away in Granbury; and one of their House seats has moved three counties east, to Centerville.

A Conversation With Mark McKinnon and Mike Baselice

For the 15th event in our TribLive series, I interviewed the former George W. Bush and John McCain media strategist and Rick Perry's pollster about what happened Tuesday night: how the Republicans took back the majority in the U.S. House and upped their number of seats in the Texas House by 30 percent, what that portends for the next two years in Austin and Washington, D.C., and whether the governor is really running for president.