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 Votes for Romney, Predicts He Will Become President

Rick Perry at the Republican Party of Texas, Thursday March 8, 2012
Rick Perry at the Republican Party of Texas, Thursday March 8, 2012

Calling his primary campaign bashing of Mitt Romney water under the bridge, Gov. Rick Perry voted for the former Massachusetts governor Wednesday and predicted he would beat President Obama. But Perry hasn't endorsed a fellow Republican closer to home, House Speaker Joe Straus. The governor said he hadn't been asked.

News App: Search 30-Day Report Contributors by Filer

On April 30, which was 30 days ahead of Texas' May 29 primaries, participating candidates were required to file reports that represent all campaign-finance efforts leading up to the election. We have pulled all contribution data for filers between Jan. 1 and April 30 and made it searchable here. 

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.

Ron Paul Backs Cruz, but Cruz Not Returning the Favor

While U.S. Rep. Ron Paul endorsed former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz on Sunday to be the next U.S. senator from Texas, Cruz isn't returning the favor and endorsing Paul's presidential bid.

Ted Nugent performs with his band during the May 1 concert in Hidalgo, Texas.
Ted Nugent performs with his band during the May 1 concert in Hidalgo, Texas.

Video: Ted Nugent Unplugged

Ted Nugent unplugged: The rocker and Second Amendment defender weighs in on everything from Mitt Romney and the Trayvon Martin case to his theory that President Obama was raised by Communists. Viewer discretion advised. 

Republican candidates, left to right, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul say the Pledge of Allegiance at the CNN Charleston debates on January 19, 2012.
Republican candidates, left to right, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul say the Pledge of Allegiance at the CNN Charleston debates on January 19, 2012.

Losing Steam

Texas Weekly

What might have been a big turnout year has turned into a ho-hum affair, with the presidential race petering out before the Texas primary.

Tribweek 04092012
Tribweek 04092012

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/9/12

Aaronson maps Medicaid patients' access to pharmacies, Aguilar on Mexicans in exile, Batheja on an unlikely threat to a veteran lawmaker's re-election, Galbraith and Murphy interactively track reservoir levels around the state, Grissom on the ringleaders who rule the state's largest youth lockup, Hamilton on how much Texas professors are paid, Ramsey on who's conservative, Ramshaw and Tan on the latest Planned Parenthood kerfuffle, Root on what Santorum's exit means for the Texas primary, and parts 4 (by M. Smith) and 5 (by Tan and Dehn) of our series on school district closures: The best of our best content from April 9-13, 2012.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination, speaks at a town hall event at Texas A&M University on April 10, 2012.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination, speaks at a town hall event at Texas A&M University on April 10, 2012.

Ron Paul Faces Long Odds, Large Crowds in Texas Tour

The veteran congressman may not have a real shot at becoming the GOP's presidential nominee, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have something to gain by taking a tour of his home state.

Tribweek Friday, April 6th.
Tribweek Friday, April 6th.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/2/12

The first two parts of M. Smith's series on failing school districts (plus Murphy and Seger's interactive on how districts' characteristics relate to ratings), Root on lagging GOP candidates for president trying to shore things up in Texas, Ramshaw on a "fiscal switcheroo" to get federal money for women's health programs, Galbraith talks to a West Texas farmer about crop insurance and climate change and Aguilar on the money behind a lawsuit on long rifle sales: The best of our best content from April 2 to 6, 2012.