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.

As with the 2012 elections, the courts could have a role to play ...

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Don Huffines, a North Texas developer who is running for state Senate, and state Sen. Ken Paxton, who is running for attorney general.
Don Huffines, a North Texas developer who is running for state Senate, and state Sen. Ken Paxton, who is running for attorney general.

Among Conservatives, Taxing Districts Create a Rift

In 2013, developer Don Huffines and state Sen. Ken Paxton backed the expansion of a taxing district in North Texas — a practice that isn’t uncommon, but that has exposed a fiscal rift among conservatives.

From left to right: U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, SBOE member Pat Hardy, state Rep. Stefani Carter and state Sen. Bob Deuell.
From left to right: U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, SBOE member Pat Hardy, state Rep. Stefani Carter and state Sen. Bob Deuell.

Analysis: Runoffs Put Incumbents on the Brink

For political challengers, a runoff can be good news: They lived to fight another day. For incumbent officeholders, runoffs are fraught with the idea that voters are shopping for someone new. 

Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is also running for governor, speaks to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.
Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is also running for governor, speaks to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.

Abbott, Davis Point Fingers Over Equal Pay

In the latest iteration of the fight over women's issues in the Texas governor’s race, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and his Democratic opponent state Sen. Wendy Davis are sounding off over equal pay.

 

Cecelia Abbott hugs her husband, Attorney General Greg Abbott after he announces his plans to run for governor of Texas during a campaign event at LaVillita in San Antonio.
Cecelia Abbott hugs her husband, Attorney General Greg Abbott after he announces his plans to run for governor of Texas during a campaign event at LaVillita in San Antonio.

Unknown to Most, Cecilia Abbott Could Make History

Cecilia Abbott has been a regular at her husband's side as he travels across the state for his campaign for governor. She could become the first Latina to be the first lady of Texas.

Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is also running for governor, speaks to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.
Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is also running for governor, speaks to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.

Abbott, Davis Add More Fuel to Ethics Debate

As they put their focus squarely on the November general election, Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis are pushing the issue of potential conflicts of interest for officeholders into a brighter political spotlight.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to supporters in Houston after primary election results indicate he is heading into a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to supporters in Houston after primary election results indicate he is heading into a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Patterson, Staples Weigh In on Lt. Gov. Runoff

Jerry Patterson and Todd Staples offered differing takes on Tuesday on how the May runoff between their former lieutenant governor primary opponents — Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst — might turn out.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst spoke to supporters in Houston after it became clear he would head into a runoff election against state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst spoke to supporters in Houston after it became clear he would head into a runoff election against state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.

Lobbyist: Efforts Afoot to Get Candidates to Drop Out

UPDATED: An email from a lobbyist at one of the state's largest law firms suggests there may be efforts underway to persuade three second-place Republican primary finishers to withdraw from the May runoffs.