Tribpedia: 2012 Presidential Election

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President Barack Obama is up for reelection on Nov. 6, 2012. Presidential elections always bring larger numbers to the polls. Some Democrats think that Texas, a Republican bastion, may turn blue. 

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Perry Had Already Faced Gap With Cruz in 2016 Talk

Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and 2014 RedState Gathering at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 2014.
Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and 2014 RedState Gathering at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 2014.

Even before his recent legal troubles, Gov. Rick Perry was operating in U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s shadow, in the eyes of many conservatives, as the two Texans explored bids for the White House. That was apparent in their receptions at a recent conservative conference in Fort Worth. 

Perry Baptized Anew in Historic Creek

As he ponders whether to run for president again, Gov. Rick Perry has renewed his faith by getting baptized in the spring waters once used to wash the sins off Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas and one of the most colorful political figures in American history.

They Weren't in the Running, but They Still Won Votes

Chuck Norris, Donald Trump, Mickey Mouse and Willie Nelson may not have been declared candidates for the 2012 presidential election, but they got write-in votes in Texas. That support didn't get them any closer to the White House, as counties don't officially count write-in votes for uncertified candidates.

Immigration After the Election

The election last week showed many in the GOP that it may need to fine tune its message on immigration. The tight race between President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney motivated Latino voters — largely for Obama — and caused some immigrants to fear what a Romney administration could mean for their future.

Cornyn Says Election Shows Voters Trust Neither Party

Following a Veteran's Day celebration at an elementary school in East Austin on Friday, Sen. John Cornyn reflected on Tuesday's election, saying Republicans could have run stronger candidates in some U.S. Senate races. But the National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman gave President Obama credit for running a strong campaign that got his party's supporters to the polls.

Cornyn, the soon-to-be senior senator from Texas — Ted Cruz is replacing retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison — spoke about what lies ahead for him if he becomes Minority Whip, and the potential gridlock in Obama's second term. He also gave his thoughts on Cruz's Tuesday night victory, and whether Congress will be able to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

Finally, the Final Campaign Push

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.

2012 Texas Election Brackets

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.

Sign at the Acres Homes Center in Houston alerts voters to try a different location on Election Day
Sign at the Acres Homes Center in Houston alerts voters to try a different location on Election Day

What to Expect When You’re Electing

Texas Weekly

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.

The Lubbock County Democratic Party says signs proclaiming support for Barack Obama have been defaced. Party officials say this sign was shot full of holes, possibly from a paintball gun.
The Lubbock County Democratic Party says signs proclaiming support for Barack Obama have been defaced. Party officials say this sign was shot full of holes, possibly from a paintball gun.

Slurs, Fists Fly Over Obama Signs in Lubbock

The Texas Democratic Party in Lubbock County has released a video showing several young men in an altercation with one of its volunteers and yelling racially derogatory remarks at the volunteer, who was looking out for vandals targeting signs for President Obama.

Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at Competitive Edge Manufacturing in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 2, 2012.
Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at Competitive Edge Manufacturing in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 2, 2012.

Romney Has Big Lead in Texas, Survey Finds

Mitt Romney may be struggling in some key swing states, but there’s no slippage for him in conservative Texas, a new survey by a Republican pollster shows. His 55-40 lead over President Obama here comes due to a huge lead among white voters. Romney had the backing of about a third of the Latino vote in the poll.