Tribpedia: 2014 Statewide Elections

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The 2014 statewide elections feature more open seats — posts without incumbents seeking re-election — than any Texas election since 1990. And even though presidential ballots attract bigger turnouts, a gubernatorial year with competitive races from the top to the bottom of the ballot should engender some voter interest.

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Analysis: How Red is Texas? Count the Ways.

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.

Republicans didn't just win their statewide elections earlier this month — they won in ways that only become apparent when you dig into the numbers. In many counties, the Democrats could not attract more than one voter in five.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte D-San Antonio, the 2014 Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, hugs one of her grandsons during a campaign event on June 4, 2014, in Austin.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte D-San Antonio, the 2014 Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, hugs one of her grandsons during a campaign event on June 4, 2014, in Austin.

Analysis: Local Prize Could Ease Sting of Recent Loss

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte's losing campaign for lieutenant governor might have set the stage for a bid for mayor of San Antonio — a prospect she is considering now. Sometimes losing can set up the next campaign.

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.

Sarah Floerke, deputy campaign manager for Greg Abbott's successful campaign for governor, oversaw an extensive field operation, spread out across Texas and costing $5 million to $6 million.
Sarah Floerke, deputy campaign manager for Greg Abbott's successful campaign for governor, oversaw an extensive field operation, spread out across Texas and costing $5 million to $6 million.

Abbott Campaign Credits Sophisticated Turnout Machine

Greg Abbott's gubernatorial campaign pulled back the curtain this week on its exhaustive ground game and voter targeting efforts. The campaign credits those efforts for aiding the Republican's strong showing among Hispanics and his eye-popping margin of victory — 20 points — over Democrat Wendy Davis

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. 

Newly-elected Land Commissioner George P. Bush speaking at the GOP Election night party at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas on Nov. 4, 2014.
Newly-elected Land Commissioner George P. Bush speaking at the GOP Election night party at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas on Nov. 4, 2014.

Republicans Extend Statewide Streak to 16 Years

Texas Democrats maintained their 16-year losing streak on Election Day, with Republicans decisively sweeping all 15 statewide races on the ballot. As of late Tuesday, Republicans were leading by more than 20 percentage points in all of the statewide races. Texans have not elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.

 

 

 

State Sen. Dan Patrick celebrates his election as the next lieutenant governor of Texas in Houston on November 4th, 2014.
State Sen. Dan Patrick celebrates his election as the next lieutenant governor of Texas in Houston on November 4th, 2014.

Patrick Wins Big in Bid for Lieutenant Governor

Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick cruised to a landslide victory Tuesday night in the race for lieutenant governor, easily defeating Democratic opponent, Leticia Van de PutteFor more election results, see our Election Scoreboard.

 

 

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.

 

 

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is interviewed by Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is interviewed by Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.

Analysis: A U.S. Senate With a Texan at the Top?

If the Republicans win control of the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's elections, the second-ranking member of what is now the minority party — John Cornyn of Texas — could be sitting pretty. And if U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky loses, Cornyn could be in position to be the first majority leader from Texas since LBJ.

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. 

Emily "SpicyBrown" Sanchez is on the ballot as the U.S. Senate Green Party nominee. Sanchez, a full-time physical therapist assistant, is also a slam poet who travels throughout the state for performances. Photographed at the Spider House Ballroom in Austin on Oct. 26.
Emily "SpicyBrown" Sanchez is on the ballot as the U.S. Senate Green Party nominee. Sanchez, a full-time physical therapist assistant, is also a slam poet who travels throughout the state for performances. Photographed at the Spider House Ballroom in Austin on Oct. 26.

From State of Pappy and Kinky, SpicyBrown Runs for Senate

Green Party candidate Emily Sanchez has few resources in her bid for U.S. Senate. What she does have is a nickname, SpicyBrown, that voters will see on the ballot. She hopes it will garner attention and spur voters to examine her political stances.

Republican Konni Burton (l) defeated Democrat Libby Willis for the SD-10 Senate seat vacated by Wendy Davis.
Republican Konni Burton (l) defeated Democrat Libby Willis for the SD-10 Senate seat vacated by Wendy Davis.

In Tarrant County, Democrats Aim for Republican Voters

In two legislative contests in Tarrant County — House District 94 and Senate District 10 — Democrats are pinning their hopes on Republican voters soured by the most conservative elements of their party. They have a better shot at success in the latter race. 

Explore 8-Day Campaign Finance Reports

The 8-day reports — the final look at candidate campaign finance totals before Election Day — are in. We have compiled data for all statewide, State Board of Education, Texas Senate and Texas House candidates who filed electronically with the Texas Ethics Commission. Explore the numbers by contest or by candidate. You can see the top-line totals for contributions, expenditures, loans and cash on hand for each campaign.