Tribpedia: 2012 Elections

In the election cycles that follow political redistricting — including the one in 2012 — everybody in the state's congressional delegation and the Legislature and on the State Board of Education is on the ballot. Some incumbents find themselves in new districts or paired with other incumbents. Turnover of the voluntary and involuntary kinds is high after new maps are ...

Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and 2014 RedState Gathering at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 2014.
Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and 2014 RedState Gathering at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 2014.

Even Before Indictment, Perry Had Faced Gap With Cruz in 2016 Talk

Even before his recent legal troubles, Gov. Rick Perry was operating in U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s shadow, in the eyes of many conservatives, as the two Texans explored bids for the White House. That was apparent in their receptions at a recent conservative conference. 

The March 1 primary ballot will feature 18 open seats in the Texas Legislature – two in the Senate and 16 in the House.
The March 1 primary ballot will feature 18 open seats in the Texas Legislature – two in the Senate and 16 in the House.

Once Again, Legislating Will Interrupt Politicking

It feels like the 2013 legislative session, which gets under way Tuesday, is a five-month interruption of the election season. At some point, elections expanded to fill all of the space between the biennial sessions.

Video: 2012 Video Mixtape

The year 2012 in Texas Tribune videos was a busy one. From Gov. Rick Perry's failed presidential campaign to rock-and-roller Ted Nugent's musings, the surprising U.S. Senate campaign, prosecutorial misconduct controversy and pre-legislative prognostications, our cameras were running.

Close the Window

Election season ends Saturday, in a way, with the start of the biennial blackout on campaign contributions during a legislative session.