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The best of our best content from Nov. 3 to 7, 2014.

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Greg Abbott's gubernatorial campaign released details this week on its exhaustive ground game and voter targeting efforts. The campaign credits those efforts in aiding his eye-popping margin of victory — 20 points — over Wendy Davis.

Many Texas Democrats had said that Wendy Davis was the kind of candidate who could at least move the needle for the bedraggled state party. But failed tactics and other issues helped doom Davis' bid for governor.

Battleground Texas launched nearly two years ago with the goal of turning reliably red Texas into a purple state where Democrats could compete. But after the 2014 general election, Texas looks redder than ever. So what went wrong?

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the Texas Enterprise Fund, which has given hundreds of millions of dollars to companies looking to relocate to Texas, should be “thoroughly re-evaluated.”

Texas voters overwhelmingly supported using oil and gas tax revenue to fund new road projects. Further down the ballot, a trio of highly contentious district attorney races led a roster of high-profile local contests.

In her failed bid for governor, Democrat Wendy Davis followed a tradition going back well over a decade of gubernatorial candidates attempting to paint their opponent as an "Austin insider."

Texas voters have picked the agriculture commissioner for more than a century. But is that a good idea in a state almost 90 percent urban?

Take a county-by-county look at how the percentage of registered voters who cast ballots for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate changed between 2010 and 2014.

Twenty-nine Texans who weren't in the state Legislature last session will take their seats as new members of the Texas House and Senate in January. All but three of them are Republicans. Explore our list of fresh faces.

With the midterm elections behind him, President Obama said he was ready to take executive action to prevent many undocumented immigrants from being deported, which analysts said could benefit Texas' agricultural, construction and service industries.

Full video of our 11/6 TribLive Conversation with Christi Craddick, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission.

Watch Gov. Rick Perry, his defense attorneys and the special prosecutor in Perry's felony indictment speak Thursday to news outlets following a pre-trial hearing in Perry's abuse-of-power case. Perry's attorneys argued that the prosecutor was improperly sworn in.

Gov. Rick Perry appeared in court to watch his attorneys, armed with plenty of theater, try to convince a judge that the prosecutor pursuing abuse-of-power charges against him was improperly sworn in.

That was fast. Just hours after Denton residents voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, the state’s General Land Office and biggest petroleum group filed legal challenges to the new rule.

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