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Texas politicians can easily represent the people who elect them without necessarily representing the people of Texas. To get re-elected, they have to please their voters, not the general population. These charts show the state's voting age population and the number of voters who turned out in each Texas 2012 election district.Full Story
The 2012 elections are in the bag. We look at wins, losses and where the Texas Legislature stands in the upcoming session.Full Story
Updated: On Friday U.S. Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco conceded that he had lost the race for Congressional District 23. He congratulated state Rep. Pete Gallego, while renewing allegations that voter fraud skewed the results.Full Story
Ted Cruz, a Harvard-educated lawyer and Tea Party icon, easily won the U.S. Senate race Tuesday night, becoming the first Hispanic from Texas to land the job. "They said it was impossible," Cruz said Tuesday, talking about his candidacy. "They said it couldn’t be done, but when the people stand together nothing is impossible."Full Story
Will Democrat Nick Lampson upset Republican Randy Weber in CD-14? Can Republican Mark Shelton defeat incumbent Democrat Wendy Davis in Fort Worth's SD-10? And will Democrat Pete Gallego oust U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco to claim the CD-23 title? Tribune reporters will provide live results and analysis throughout the night.Full Story
It's been an unconventional election cycle in Texas. Court challenges to redistricting led to an ever-changing primary date and created a packed schedule between the runoff and state and national conventions. The campaigns awake today knowing — win or lose — it all comes to end.Full Story
Throughout the election year, we've tracked the progress of the candidates with our basketball tournament-inspired brackets. Now it's time for the final round. Once the elections end, the brackets will be full, with results from each round. And they will continue to include links to districts and candidate information.Full Story
Barring a shocking upset, Ted Cruz will be elected U.S. senator Tuesday night, and former state Rep. Paul Sadler will join a long line of Texas Democrats who have failed to break the GOP stranglehold on statewide politics. Sadler's campaign has raised less than 5 percent of the money Cruz has pulled in.Full Story
It’s not the most exciting election season Texas has ever seen. Most legislative races are over after the primaries and what’s left, with an exception in the Texas Senate, don’t appear to involve the balance of power in the House.Full Story
There probably won't be any surprises when it comes to the presidential race in Texas. But there are still some questions that Texas political observers are eager to see answered on Election Day. Here are four things to watch for as the election returns come in Tuesday night.Full Story
It took the pulse of Texas voters and showed where they rate government and social issues and what they think of Washington and their local representatives. The University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll out last week revealed a few surprises and offered insight about public attitudes leading up to Tuesday's election.Full Story
Voters in Congressional District 23 are getting a taste of what folks in swing states are seeing in the presidential contest: a real nailbiter of a race. Each side claims it's winning, but the amount of money and the tenor of the attack ads suggest the race is a tossup.Full Story
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz's father, Rafeal Cruz, is the star of his son's latest election ad for television.
"The promise of freedom drove me to overcome torture in Cuba and come to Texas," Rafeal Cruz says in the ad.
Cruz is running against Democrat Paul Sadler, Libertarian John Jay Myers and Green Party candidate David Collins to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican. Both Sadler and Myers have also released television ads in the past month.Full Story
With just more than a week until Election Day, former state Rep. Paul Sadler, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, released his first television ad Monday. He touts his experience and derides Republican Ted Cruz as "the most extreme Senate candidate in Texas history."
In the ad, Sadler highlights a string of accolades he earned while representing Henderson in the House during the 1990s, as well as endorsements he's received from several Texas newspapers. The campaign also posted a longer version of the ad that features letters of support to Sadler from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry when Sadler was in the Legislature.
Sadler campaign spokesman Chuck McDonald said the ad will run in "targeted markets" later this week. In an email to supporters Monday, the campaign asked for donations to pay for more airtime in the last days of the race.Full Story
Republican U.S. Rep. Quico Canseco and his Democratic challenger, state Rep. Pete Gallego, debated once in Spanish a month ago. Since then they haven’t appeared on stage together, and time is running out.Full Story
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz released a new television ad Tuesday targeting general election voters called "American Dream."
In the ad, Cruz touts his interest in shrinking the size of government and encouraging the growth of small businesses. He also highlights his father's journey as a young man from Cuba to Texas.Full Story
Libertarian John Jay Myers, a candidate for U.S. Senate, released a TV commercial in time for the start of early voting.
In the ad, Myers highlights his support for ending U.S. involvement in foreign wars and more broadly keeping the government out of people's lives.
"You should be able to eat, drink or smoke whatever it is you like," Myers says in the ad. "It's certainly not governmnet's business to tell you who you can marry."
Myers said the commercial will air in the Ellis County area on CNN, the History Channel, FOX News, ESPN and the Discovery Channel. His campaign is asking for donations to air the ad in other markets around the state.Full Story
Texas Republicans are used to playing offense — and winning. But in the sprawling 23rd Congressional District, in which U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco is being challenged by state Rep. Pete Gallego, Republicans have a fight on their hands. And in some ways, the closely fought race offers a glimpse of the state’s future.Full Story
Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Paul Sadler, candidates for U.S. Senate, will spar Friday evening in what is likely to be their last televised debate before Election Day. The debate starts at 7 p.m. and will feature segments on four topics: health care, immigration, the economy and foreign policy.Full Story