Tribpedia: 2012 Legislative Election

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2012 Legislative Election is on Nov. 6, 2012. 

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The chamber of the Texas House
The chamber of the Texas House

Gone, Baby, Gone

Texas Weekly

So far, 37 members of the Texas House, four members of the Texas Senate, and three members of the 32-person congressional delegation from Texas are on the list. Runoffs could add more, and so will the general election. 

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, smiles at the end of a press briefing May 30, 2012 at his Capitol office.
House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, smiles at the end of a press briefing May 30, 2012 at his Capitol office.

After a Win, a Combative Speaker

Texas Weekly

House Speaker Joe Straus, coming out of a big and expensive win in a rare contested primary at home, began the runoff reboot by tweaking Michael Quinn Sullivan and his Empower Texans group, deriding them as ineffective, ugly and resentful of his success.

Libertarians and Greens Select Nominees This Weekend

Like the two major parties, the Libertarians and the Greens will also hold conventions this weekend. Neither party has primaries, so the conventions will decide which candidates will be their nominees for state and federal offices. And neither party holds seats in statewide offices or the Legislature a fact that is unlikely to change in November.

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, during debate on higher education bill SB5 on May 3, 2011.
Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, during debate on higher education bill SB5 on May 3, 2011.

A Very Long Engagement in SD-25

Texas Weekly

In one form or another, the SD-25 race will assuredly extend beyond May 29. If it doesn't go into a run-off, as at least one candidate predicts, it will likely continue in the courtroom.

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, smiles at the end of a press briefing May 30, 2012 at his Capitol office.
House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, smiles at the end of a press briefing May 30, 2012 at his Capitol office.

A House of Strangers Calls for a Shrewd Leader

Races for speaker of the House are based on relationships. How does that work in a House full of strangers? Speaker Joe Straus will defend his position in January in a House where half or more of the members have served one session — or less. Will they be loyal to him?

Primary a Mixed Bag for Public Education Candidates

Rep. Rob Eissler’s defeat — following the exit of his vice chairman Scott Hochberg, his Senate counterpart Florence Shapiro and three other key lawmakers on the House Public Education Committee — signals a change in leadership on education issues next session. But some in the education community aren’t exactly trembling at that prospect.

U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the Texas Tea party rally Sunday May 6, 2012 at the Texas Capitol.  Cruz is trailing frontrunner David Dewhurst in the race to replace current Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the Texas Tea party rally Sunday May 6, 2012 at the Texas Capitol. Cruz is trailing frontrunner David Dewhurst in the race to replace current Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

With Texas Republicans, It's the Game of the Name

Conventional wisdom is that candidates with Hispanic surnames have a hard time winning statewide Republican primaries, but that appears to be fading. The problem now is down the ballot, where Hispanic Republicans are running without much protection.

In Texas, Trial Lawyers Sink Money Into GOP Races

If the 2012 primaries are any guide, the plaintiffs’ bar is becoming less shy about investing in the Republican side of the ballot — and Republican candidates are not being bashful about accepting the money. The jury is still out on whether the stigma about trial lawyers is fading for Republican voters.

Ted Cruz and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.
Ted Cruz and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.

Dewhurst, Cruz to Battle in One of Several Runoffs

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, both GOP candidates for the U.S. Senate, will vie in a runoff that Texas voters will decide in July. The Democratic candidate will also be decided this summer. Crowded primaries in congressional races have sparked several other runoffs.

Liveblog: Primary Election Results

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Throughout the night, Tribune reporters will update you on the results of key primary battles statewide, from the first early voting totals through the last ballots counted. Stay tuned for breaking news and political analysis — and find complete election results here

What to Watch for When Primary Results Come

The long-delayed Texas primaries finally arrive Tuesday, and the results should offer a peek into the current political climate and a forecast of the state's politics over the next two years. Which factions will win? Which personalities? Will 2012's results result in big turnover in 2014, or more of the same?