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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For Texas Democrats, a Fundraising Tug-of-War

Should Texas Democrats try to turn the state blue from the inside out or the outside in? That’s the question behind the money tug-of-war between the state party and the Democratic National Committee. "Right now, nationally, people are focused on re-electing the president," said Michael Li, a Dallas-based Obama bundler who runs a state voter turnout initiative. "After November, what I’m hearing is a big discussion about Texas."

Some Lessons Learned From the GOP Convention

National party conventions have become giant TV studios, devoid of drama and real news. But that doesn’t mean nothing valuable can be gleaned from them. Last week in Tampa, time spent with the Texas Republican delegation revealed some clear themes.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan

U.S., Mexican Leaders Say the Old PRI is Gone

The return to power of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is unlikely to be accompanied by the corruption that used to plague the party, say Arturo Sarukhan, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson

June 8th, 2012: Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro gives keynote at the Texas Democratic Convention in Houston, Texas
June 8th, 2012: Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro gives keynote at the Texas Democratic Convention in Houston, Texas

Texans Reading a Lot Into Castro Keynote

Texas delegates at the Democratic National Convention want to believe that the selection of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to give Tuesday night's keynote address is a sign that the national party — which has long used the GOP-dominated state for fundraising junkets and Spanish-speaking volunteers — is beginning to consider Texas a state in play.

Rick Perry announces from Charleston, S.C. that he's suspending his presidential campaign and returning to Texas on January 19, 2012.
Rick Perry announces from Charleston, S.C. that he's suspending his presidential campaign and returning to Texas on January 19, 2012.

Perry Tells Texas GOP Delegates He'll Fight for Romney

Gov. Rick Perry got a thunderous reception Thursday when he spoke to the Texas delegation at the Republican National Convention. Perry addressed several topics, including federal encroachment and the national delegate selection process.

Ted Cruz speaking at the state Republican convention in Fort Worth on June 9, 2012.
Ted Cruz speaking at the state Republican convention in Fort Worth on June 9, 2012.

Cruz Appeals to Hispanics in Prime-Time Speech

TAMPA — U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Cruz, basking in the national spotlight since defeating Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, appealed directly to Hispanics and portrayed his smashing primary victory as part of a “great awakening” of American voters during a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night.

Watching the Election From the Cheap Seats

Texas hasn't been a swing state in a national election for a long, long time, and unless they have big bank accounts, Texans aren't at the top of candidates' lists of people to see right now. The focus at the political conventions and in the weeks leading up to the election is on the states where the outcomes are uncertain.

General and primary election turnout in Texas since 1970 as a percentage of the voting age population
General and primary election turnout in Texas since 1970 as a percentage of the voting age population

Elections Behind and Ahead

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The story through the primaries and runoffs? It's over for most of the races — only a few remain competitive. Turnover, as you would expect in the election after a redistricting, is high.

Minus Cruz, Texans Have Minor Convention Roles

If it weren't for Ted Cruz, Texas wouldn't have much prominence at the Republican National Convention next week. Former presidential candidates Rick Perry and Ron Paul don't have speaking roles, and the Texas delegation is so far from the action that the GOP state chairman described his delegate transportation duty as a “logistical nightmare.”

Ted Cruz speaking at the state Republican convention on June 9, 2012.
Ted Cruz speaking at the state Republican convention on June 9, 2012.

Cruz Gets Opening Night Slot at GOP Convention

U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Cruz has snagged a prominent speaking role on the first night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week. Two other major Texas political figures, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and Gov. Rick Perry, are not expected to address convention delegates.

One Year Later, Revisiting Perry's Presidential Bid

One year ago today, Gov. Rick Perry made national waves by jumping into the GOP race for the presidency, a bid that ended five months (and a few infamous debate debacles) later. He spent this weekend back in first-test Iowa, stumping for Mitt Romney and his brand-new running mate, Paul Ryan. Want a reminder of how Perry got from there to here? Check out our interactive timeline of the highs and lows of the Texas governor's run for the White House.