Tribpedia: 2014 Legislative Elections

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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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Campaigns Test Conventional Wisdom With Summer Ads

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott isn't on TV right now, but he is spending campaign funds to screen his latest 30-second spot at theaters before screenings of some summer blockbusters.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott isn't on TV right now, but he is spending campaign funds to screen his latest 30-second spot at theaters before screenings of some summer blockbusters.

In Texas, the traditional model for general election campaign advertising — don't run ads before Labor Day — is being challenged by some campaigns. Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has aired ads in movie theaters, and Democratic comptroller hopeful Mike Collier has already bought TV airtime in some markets.

Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis (r.) and lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte at the Democratic state convention in Dallas, Texas, on June 27, 2014.
Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis (r.) and lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte at the Democratic state convention in Dallas, Texas, on June 27, 2014.

Texas Democrats Rally Around Davis, Van de Putte

In speeches that combined homespun biography and harsh political attacks, Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte accepted the Texas Democratic Party's nominations for governor and lieutenant governor. 

State Sen. Ken Paxton, the Republican nominee for attorney general, celebrated his GOP primary win with supporters on May 27, 2014.
State Sen. Ken Paxton, the Republican nominee for attorney general, celebrated his GOP primary win with supporters on May 27, 2014.

Analysis: Conservative Groups Enjoy Runoff Wins

As Republicans and Democrats finalized their ballots Tuesday for November's general election, the GOP loaded many of its top spots with candidates promoted by the state’s Tea Party and social conservative groups.

A Polling place in Austin, TX on March 4th, 2014.
A Polling place in Austin, TX on March 4th, 2014.

It's Runoff Election Day

It started late last year and finally ends today. The primary election runoffs are topped by four particularly noisy statewide Republican races, a couple more involving Democrats and a smattering of legislative contests.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick debated in Salado, Tx on May 20, 2014, ahead of the Republican primary runoff for lieutenant governor.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick debated in Salado, Tx on May 20, 2014, ahead of the Republican primary runoff for lieutenant governor.

Analysis: Ugly Histories Trump Campaign Promises

In this month's runoff elections, the candidates have concentrated on qualifications, personal history and reputation. Policy, for now, is taking a back seat.

Ballot-by-mail clerk Chaundra Grattan organizes ballot packages at the Travis County Elections Division in Austin on May 19, 2014.
Ballot-by-mail clerk Chaundra Grattan organizes ballot packages at the Travis County Elections Division in Austin on May 19, 2014.

MOVE Act Means Longer, Costlier Primary Campaigns

While no one disputes the intentions of the law, candidates and consultants say compliance with the MOVE Act has increased campaign expenses and shortened the time they can focus on the general election.

State Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, insurance company president Gordy Bunch, former state Sen. Michael Galloway and state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, are rapidly approaching the May 10 special election for Senate District 4.
State Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, insurance company president Gordy Bunch, former state Sen. Michael Galloway and state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, are rapidly approaching the May 10 special election for Senate District 4.

Special Election to Fill Empty Senate Seat

UPDATED: With all of the precincts counted, Brandon Creighton and Steve Toth finished first and second and appear headed for a runoff in the contest to succeed Tommy Williams in the Texas Senate. 

State Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, insurance company president Gordy Bunch, former state Sen. Michael Galloway and state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, are rapidly approaching the May 10 special election for Senate District 4.
State Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, insurance company president Gordy Bunch, former state Sen. Michael Galloway and state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, are rapidly approaching the May 10 special election for Senate District 4.

Conservatives Make Their Case in Bid for SD-4 Seat

State Rep. Brandon Creighton, businessman Gordy Bunch, former state Sen. Michael Galloway and state Rep. Steve Toth are looking to replace state Sen. Tommy Williams in a May 10 special election.

Tea Party candidate Konni Burton and former state Rep. Mark Shelton are vying to represent Senate District 10 in a Republican runoff election.
Tea Party candidate Konni Burton and former state Rep. Mark Shelton are vying to represent Senate District 10 in a Republican runoff election.

Burton, Shelton Face Off in Primary Runoff Battle

Former state Rep. Mark Shelton and Tea Party favorite Konni Burton are vying in a Republican runoff election for the state Senate seat left open by Wendy Davis. It's a swing district that both political parties are paying close attention to.