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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Video: Webb County Sheriff's Race

In 2008 Webb County witnessed one of the most contested sheriff's races in its history when incumbent Rick Flores was defeated by former DPS supervisor, Martin Cuellar. The contest went to the courts and featured a classic, border-style showdown where allegations of illegal voting and cronyism abounded. Flores, a fiery 10-gallon hat donning figure, was well-known for going on national television and accusing the federal government of ignoring the border. Cuellar, the younger brother of US Rep. Henry Cuellar, triumphed with a margin that was fewer than 1 percent of the vote total. Now, after a brief stint as a police chief in a small Arizona border town Flores is back as an independent.

Jim Mattox
Jim Mattox

GOP Candidates Walk Fine Line Between Primary, General

The problem with very partisan primary elections is that the winning candidates risk being too partisan for general election voters. If Republican candidates make it out of the general election, they must walk a narrow line, sticking with conservative colleagues on legislative votes, but doing it without imperiling their re-elections.

State Board of Education member Charlie Garza, R-El Paso, faces a general election challenge from Democrat Martha Dominguez.
State Board of Education member Charlie Garza, R-El Paso, faces a general election challenge from Democrat Martha Dominguez.

El Paso SBOE Candidate Has Little Campaign Presence

El Paso Democrat Martha Dominguez's apparent absence from the campaign trail has prompted her opponent to call her a "ghost," and has sparked criticism from members of her own party. But that may not stop the State Board of Education candidate, who has spent $45 on her race so far, from winning a contest that she has tried to withdraw from once already.

Vote sign outside of Pan AM Recreation Center in Austin, TX on July 31, 2012.
Vote sign outside of Pan AM Recreation Center in Austin, TX on July 31, 2012.

Some Candidates Would Prefer Electoral Danger

No candidate wants to be in trouble at election time. But they don't want their supporters to think they're shoo-ins, either. Voters don't always do what the experts predict, and every election has its surprises, so a measure of paranoia can play to the advantage of candidates trying to win attention from supporters.

Paul Sadler makes an appearance at the Guadalupe County Democratic Headquarters, September 9, 2012.
Paul Sadler makes an appearance at the Guadalupe County Democratic Headquarters, September 9, 2012.

Sadler Working to Remind Voters of Former Influence

Once a force to be reckoned with in the Texas Legislature, Democrat Paul Sadler is urging voters not to count out his bid for U.S. Senate against Republican Ted Cruz. Before they can take his campaign seriously, though, he may have to remind them of the power player he once was.

Adviser Jason Johnson (right) helped former Solicitor General Ted Cruz rise from underdog to champion in the 2012 Republican U.S. Senate primary.
Adviser Jason Johnson (right) helped former Solicitor General Ted Cruz rise from underdog to champion in the 2012 Republican U.S. Senate primary.

Opportunities for Consultants in Electoral Shakeup

Texas Weekly

After the 2012 elections shook things up for Texas Republicans, new opportunities loom for top dog Texas consultants. Many people are talking about Jason Johnson, who helped Ted Cruz win the GOP U.S. Senate primary. But there are a couple of other names that deserve discussion.