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Sam Houston, the Democratic nominee for Texas attorney general, in Houston on Oct. 7, 2014. Despite his GOP opponent's ethical troubles, Houston faces long odds and is struggling to draw attention.
Sam Houston, the Democratic nominee for Texas attorney general, in Houston on Oct. 7, 2014. Despite his GOP opponent's ethical troubles, Houston faces long odds and is struggling to draw attention.

A Day in the Life of Sam Houston

With little money and swimming against the conservative tide, Democrat Sam Houston acknowledges he has little choice but to campaign for attorney general "the old fashioned way" — on the cheap, and largely from the front seat of his Toyota Prius. Despite the ethical troubles of his Republican opponent, Houston faces a steep climb. 

The second and final gubernatorial debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, was held in Dallas on Sept. 30.
The second and final gubernatorial debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, was held in Dallas on Sept. 30.

Debates Few and Far Between Among Statewide Races

Candidates for three of the eight major statewide races on this year’s November ballot appear likely to reach Election Day without ever engaging in a debate with their opponent. Televised debates were recently scheduled for the races for U.S. Senate and state comptroller.

State senator Ken Paxton with supporters as he announces his win as the republican primary nominee for Attorney General on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
State senator Ken Paxton with supporters as he announces his win as the republican primary nominee for Attorney General on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

Paxton Investigation Won't Proceed Before Election

The Travis County district attorney's office investigation into whether state Sen. Ken Paxton, the Republican nominee for Texas attorney general, committed a crime when he violated the Texas Securities Act will not proceed until after the Nov. 4 election.

 

 

GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott speaking at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August 9, 2014.
GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott speaking at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August 9, 2014.

Abbott Calls Davis "Obama's Ideological Twin"

Dismissing his opponent as “Barack Obama’s ideological twin,” Attorney General Greg Abbott on Saturday expressed confidence that he will trounce Democrat Wendy Davis in the gubernatorial election in November. Asked about a Davis TV ad on his dissenting opinion in a 1993 case involving a woman raped by a door-to-door salesman, Abbott said “the opinion speaks for itself.”

Democratic nominee for Attorney General, Sam Houston, addresses delegates on the final day of the  2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas,  June 28, 2014.
Democratic nominee for Attorney General, Sam Houston, addresses delegates on the final day of the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, June 28, 2014.

In AG Race, Democrats Hope Houston Gives Paxton a Fight

Democrats have big hopes for an attorney general candidate named Sam Houston. They believe his Republican opponent, Ken Paxton, is vulnerable because of ethical problems. Paxton’s supporters say Democrats have little cause for optimism.

Attorney General candidate Sen. Ken Paxton speaks at the Republican State Convention June 6, 2014
Attorney General candidate Sen. Ken Paxton speaks at the Republican State Convention June 6, 2014

Analysis: When the Prosecution is a Candidate's Foil

Some Democrats are hoping to prod prosecutors to look closer at Ken Paxton, the Republican nominee for attorney general. But those kinds of prosecutions sometimes work to the benefit of their targets. A political prosecution — or one that looks that way — can make the candidate look like a victim.

State senator Ken Paxton with supporters as he announces his win as the republican primary nominee for Attorney General on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
State senator Ken Paxton with supporters as he announces his win as the republican primary nominee for Attorney General on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

Analysis: Paxton's Legal Trouble Puts Abbott in a Bind

Republican state Sen. Ken Paxton's violation of securities law gives Sam Houston, his Democratic opponent in the race for attorney general, something to talk about for the next five months. It could also limit one of gubernatorial front-runner Greg Abbott’s lines of attack against state Sen. Wendy Davis, his Democratic opponent.

 

Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick chats with reporters at a polling station in Cypress, Texas Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to stump for votes in his runoff against against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick chats with reporters at a polling station in Cypress, Texas Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to stump for votes in his runoff against against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

The Brief: Tea Party Ascendant as Curtain Falls on Two Careers

The Tea Party demonstrated forcefully its predominant position in Texas GOP politics on a runoff election night that also closed the curtain on a couple of long political careers.