Tribpedia: 2012 Presidential Election

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. 

Cruz Gets Opening Night Slot at GOP Convention

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

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.  

Romney Touts Cruz's Support as He Rolls Out New Ad

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign touted support from Republican U.S. Senate nominee Ted Cruz on Monday in its promotion of a new campaign ad focused on Texas.

The new web video, called "These Hands: Texas," accuses President Obama of not valuing the work of small-business owners and profiles Gilbert Cantu, who owns a San Antonio mobile locksmith service. The campaign also released a Spanish version of the ad.

The Romney campaign included a quote from Cruz in the news release for the video. 

“From El Paso to Texarkana, entrepreneurs and small-business owners across Texas know that they built their success with their own two hands,” Cruz said. “They also know the damage that bad policy from Washington can do to the economy. From new regulations to higher taxes to Obamacare, the president has placed one obstacle after another in front of Texas job creators. Mitt Romney knows how to turn this economy around, and his plan for a stronger middle class is exactly what we need. Texans — like all Americans — can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama.”

Cruz's profile has risen significantly since he defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in last week's Republican primary runoff. On Sunday, he was a guest on Fox News Sunday

Texas Weekly Newsreel: Races to Watch

Texas Weekly

With the primaries and the runoffs out of the way, it's time to look ahead to the general election. There will be a full ballot in November, of course, but only a relative handful of races remain competive in a state where redistricting made most congressional and legislative districts uncompetitive in the general election.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa - July 10, 2012
Cedar Rapids, Iowa - July 10, 2012

Obama Sets Sights on Big Fundraising Day in Texas

President Obama is banking on a big day in the Lone Star State on Tuesday. He will attend fundraising events in San Antonio and Austin, and his campaign expects to raise $3.5 million from the visits. That total would surpass the $2 million that Obama raised during a day of fundraising last May when he visited El Paso and Austin.

Some Political Players Take a Pass on Primary

Turnout was relatively low in the state's May primaries. In some counties, one party or the other didn't muster a single vote, even from the most dedicated partisans. In 13 counties, no Democrats voted in the presidential race. On the other side, five counties didn't tally any Republican votes in the presidential race.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks with a reporter on Feb. 21, 2012, a month after dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks with a reporter on Feb. 21, 2012, a month after dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Perry Confident Romney Can Win Hispanic Vote

Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday discussed his support for Mitt Romney, his confidence that minorities will support Republicans and the state's economic development. 

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst points at a delegate that interrupted his speech at the Texas Republican Convention on June 8, 2012.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst points at a delegate that interrupted his speech at the Texas Republican Convention on June 8, 2012.

At Convention, Romney Booed, Dewhurst Gets Some Cheers

After some at the GOP state convention booed Thursday at Gov. Rick Perry's mention of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, he got a mostly positive reception Friday during his own speech. That wasn't the case for Mitt Romney, whose name drew jeers from the audience during a speech from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

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.

Mitt Romney speaking to a crowd of supporters in Des Moines on Jan. 2, 2012, the eve of the Iowa caucuses.
Mitt Romney speaking to a crowd of supporters in Des Moines on Jan. 2, 2012, the eve of the Iowa caucuses.

Mitt Romney Visiting Texas This Week

The former Massachusetts governor will hold a fundraiser in San Antonio on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Romney goes to Fort Worth, where he will visit an office supply company to highlight what the campaign calls “President Obama’s hostility to job creators.”