Tribpedia: 2014 Legislative Elections

With Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement that he won’t seek a fourth term, statewide races have popped wide open for the first time in years, with wide-ranging implications for Texas legislators. As some seek to move into new jobs, they’re leaving their former offices up for grabs — and fierce electioneering.

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State Reps. José Menéndez (left) and Trey Martinez Fischer, both Democrats from San Antonio, are seeking the Texas Senate seat vacated by Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio.
State Reps. José Menéndez (left) and Trey Martinez Fischer, both Democrats from San Antonio, are seeking the Texas Senate seat vacated by Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio.

Four Legislative Seats Up for Grabs in Runoff Elections

A round of Capitol musical chairs will play out on Tuesday when voters decide who will fill three seats in the Texas House and one in the Senate. Four special elections in January yielded clear leaders, but none secured the 50 percent of the vote necessary to avoid a runoff, setting the stage for Tuesday’s mano-a-mano contests.

State Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer and José Menéndez.
State Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer and José Menéndez.

SD-26 Runoff: Cakewalk or Showdown?

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A large group of Republican voters came out in the first round. Will they come back, and could they tip the scales in favor of the runner-up in the second round?

Christmas tree grower Marshall Cathey, center, and his family from Denison, TX arrive via horse-drawn carriage at the Texas Capitol on November 28, 2011 with one of several Capitol Christmas trees that will adorn the House and Senate chambers and hallways.
Christmas tree grower Marshall Cathey, center, and his family from Denison, TX arrive via horse-drawn carriage at the Texas Capitol on November 28, 2011 with one of several Capitol Christmas trees that will adorn the House and Senate chambers and hallways.

Santa Perry Gives the Gift of Three Special Elections

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Also, freshman Hurd scores a rare subcommittee chairmanship, and Empower Texans will factor the speaker vote in its legislative scorecard.

Rep. Lois Kolkhorst R-Brenham on House floor May 24th, 2011
Rep. Lois Kolkhorst R-Brenham on House floor May 24th, 2011

Odds Favor Kolkhorst in Race for Hegar's Seat

Less than a month after Election Day, some Texans are already headed back to the polls to fill the state Senate seat given up by Glenn Hegar after he was elected Comptroller of Public Accounts. Five candidates have filed for SD 18, but the race appears to be state Rep. Lois Kolkhort's to lose.

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and state Rep. Mike Villarreal — both Democrats from San Antonio — will face-off in the race to become the city's next mayor.
State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and state Rep. Mike Villarreal — both Democrats from San Antonio — will face-off in the race to become the city's next mayor.

Analysis: Election Season Headed for Overtime

Open spots in the political firmament are prompting officeholders to shop around some, and voters are about to see some names on special election ballots that were on the general election ballots just a couple of weeks ago. Sen. Glenn Hegar's election as comptroller and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's appointment to the president's cabinet triggered a round of musical chairs. 

Analysis: The Voters Who Disappeared

Thousands of Texans who voted in 2010 did not come back to do it again in 2014, and most of those voted for the Democratic candidate for governor four years ago. Some Democrats blame voter ID laws, but even if those voters had all come back and voted for the Democrats again, the Republicans in statewide races would have prevailed.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, who was elected Texas governor, waves to supporters after his victory speech in Austin on Nov. 4, 2014.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, who was elected Texas governor, waves to supporters after his victory speech in Austin on Nov. 4, 2014.

Analysis: Blue Hopes Drowned by a Sea of Red

Texas voters reasserted themselves in the face of ballyhooed Democratic voter turnout efforts: This remains — emphatically — a Republican state. The GOP swept the statewide executive and judicial offices, as it has in every election since 1994, and gained one seat in the state Senate and three in the state House. 

Travis County residents line up to vote at Austin's Highland Mall on Nov. 4, 2014.
Travis County residents line up to vote at Austin's Highland Mall on Nov. 4, 2014.

Liveblog: 2014 General Election Results

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Throughout the night, our liveblog will keep you updated on the results of general election battles statewide, from the first early voting totals through the last ballots counted, from local legislative races to the governor's race.

 

 

Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Nov. 2, 2014.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Nov. 2, 2014.

Inside Texas Politics: Election Preview

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host Jason Whitely, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey offer an Election Day preview.