Many of the candidates who are well known in political circles are strangers to voters. In most races — even for statewide offices — the leading candidate is "Undecided." The contestants have to let voters know who they are and what they're about, or their opponents will do it for them.Full Story
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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The primaries are on, and our biennial Hot List is back, ranking the races by risk to the incumbents and/or the level of drama for candidates and voters. We'll add, subtract and change the rankings as the races develop.Full Story
It's not yet clear who will be returning to the Legislature in 2015, but the list of people who won't be back has started to gel.Full Story
The candidates have filed for the 2014 elections, and our election brackets — an idea lifted from the NCAA's March Madness basketball brackets — are back. We'll update these as officials from the state and large-county parties update their own lists.Full Story
The Texas House has four Kings, three members named Davis, three Turners and two each named Gonzalez, Rodriguez and Thompson. But it's the two who share the name Sheffield who could face some voter confusion.Full Story
Two Republican Dallas legislators — one state, one federal — each face conservative challengers in the coming primary elections. Their districts overlap, and so do their risks that anti-establishment voters might come knocking.Full Story
There is a reason so many Texas Republicans are mentioning the Democratic president in their commercials: He's unpopular with Republicans, and moderates and some Democrats have their reservations, too.Full Story
We've updated our pencil brackets — an unofficial listing of candidates' intentions for the next election year — to indicate who has officially filed to run in 2014.Full Story
What's normal in Texas general elections — legislators in one party endorsing candidates challenging colleagues from the other party — is turning up in primaries.Full Story
Candidates haven't officially put their names on the ballot for the 2014 elections, but the first contest — the one for resources needed to win an election — is already claiming victims.Full Story
Whoever wins the House District 50 special election in Travis County next month will have to start campaigning all over again for the March primary. But the victor will enter the race next year with a key advantage: four months of incumbency.Full Story
For this week’s nonscientific survey of insiders in politics and government, we asked about the politics of the federal government shutdown and the federal Affordable Care Act.Full Story