Tribpedia: 2012 Elections

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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 ...

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In First TV Ad, Sadler Calls Cruz "Extreme"

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.

Texas Newspaper Endorsements

As Election Day nears, editorial boards at newspapers across Texas have begun endorsing candidates. Here's a list of official endorsements in particularly competitive or noteworthy races. We'll update the list as endorsements come in.

Interactive: Find Your District

Early voting in Texas is under way for the Nov. 6 general election. In an effort to remind our readers of their districts, we have revived and revamped the district discovery tool we deployed during this year's redistricting battle, except this time without the comparison to last election's districts.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 31, 2012, in Houston addressing the crowd at a watch party following the announcement that he lost the U.S. Senate runoff to Ted Cruz.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 31, 2012, in Houston addressing the crowd at a watch party following the announcement that he lost the U.S. Senate runoff to Ted Cruz.

Shuffling of Senate Chairs May Be Nod to Critics

After a crushing loss in his bid for U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's influence in next year's legislative session remains a question mark. Thursday's committee assignments may reflect efforts to appease some critics.