Tribpedia: 2012 Elections

Tribpedia

In the election cycles that follow political redistricting — including the one in 2012 — everybody in the state's congressional delegation and the Legislature and on the State Board of Education is on the ballot. Some incumbents find themselves in new districts or paired with other incumbents. Turnover of the voluntary and involuntary kinds is high after new maps are drawn ...

Read More...

17

Redistricting Plan Set, But Legal Debate Isn't Over

Lawmakers passed a new set of congressional and legislative maps in their first special session. Redistricting has been a long and contentious process, and it is probably far from overThis story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series, a monthlong look at how the bills and budget passed by the 83rd Legislature will affect Texans' lives starting Sept. 1. 

Democracy, as Far as It Goes

Texas Weekly

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.

Video: 2012 Video Mixtape

The year 2012 in Texas Tribune videos was a busy one. From Gov. Rick Perry's failed presidential campaign to rock-and-roller Ted Nugent's musings, the surprising U.S. Senate campaign, prosecutorial misconduct controversy and pre-legislative prognostications, our cameras were running.

Year In Review: Video Mixtape

The year 2012 in Texas Tribune videos was a busy one. From Gov. Rick Perry's failed presidential campaign to rock-and-roller Ted Nugent's musings, the surprising U.S. Senate campaign, prosecutorial misconduct controversy and pre-legislative prognostications, our cameras were running.

For Freshman Legislators, Washington is No Texas

Freshman legislators are getting their first look at Washington and Austin, and the differences are as clear as red and blue. The new members of Congress from Texas weren’t exactly showered with greetings from their new workmates. Maybe it’s a difference in how lawmakers shop for allies and for votes in the nation’s capital.

Travis County Democratic Party volunteers make calls to voters on Election Day from the coordinated campaign headquarters in Austin, Texas.
Travis County Democratic Party volunteers make calls to voters on Election Day from the coordinated campaign headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Texas Democrats Gained, if Only a Little, in 2012

Texas Democrats don't hold any statewide offices, and they are terribly outnumbered in the state Legislature, but they were the only gainers in this year's elections. They held their ground in the Senate, gained seven seats in the House, split the four new seats in Congress and wrested another one away from the red team. The rebound from the disastrous 2010 election was not dramatic, but a gain is a gain.

Interactive: An Election Timeline

With apologies to Charles Dickens, this was an election cycle marked by the worst of candidates and the best of candidates. This is our rendering — our timeline — of the progression from Gov. Rick Perry’s remarkably unsuccessful campaign for president to U.S. Sen.-elect Ted Cruz’s surprising political debut.

Travis County Democratic Party volunteer Dan Isaac Yahiel calls potential voters from the local party headquarters on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Travis County Democratic Party volunteer Dan Isaac Yahiel calls potential voters from the local party headquarters on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

After the Election, Our Status Remains Quo

Texas Weekly

A lot of new names will go on those office signs in the Capitol, but the partisan lines didn't move much as a result of this election. And the redistricting people are good at what they do: Only 16 incumbents running for reelection lost in this year's primary and general elections. 

Interactive Map: How Texas Drifted Right in 2012

Texas Weekly

In 2012, much of Texas voted less Democratic and more Republican than 2008. For example, in Travis County, President Obama won again, but by a smaller overall margin. In 2012, he netted 92,037 votes there — 24,999 fewer than four years earlier. Use our interactive to see the differences, by county, between the 2012 and 2008 vote totals.