Tribpedia: 2014 Statewide Elections

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 ...

Former U.S. Rep. Stockman charged with violating federal election law

YouTube screenshot of U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, from a Western Center for Journalism interview on Feb. 2, 2014.
<p>YouTube screenshot of U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, from a Western Center for Journalism interview on Feb. 2, 2014.</p>

Former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has been charged with violating federal election law. Stockman conspired with former employees to funnel money intended for a charity to his congressional campaign, according to a sworn statement from an FBI agent unsealed Thursday. 

Former state Rep. Lon Burnam, a candidate for the Texas Railroad Commision, thanks Jim Hightower at his campaign kickoff at Scholz Garten on January 28, 2016.
Former state Rep. Lon Burnam, a candidate for the Texas Railroad Commision, thanks Jim Hightower at his campaign kickoff at Scholz Garten on January 28, 2016.

Democrats' Alliance with Battleground Texas Shows Strains Ahead of Elections

While many Democrats have mixed feelings about the group that helped lead the party's election efforts in 2014, Battleground Texas officials still believe in their long-term strategy to turn Texas blue. 

State Reps. José Menéndez (left) and Trey Martinez Fischer, both Democrats from San Antonio, are seeking the Texas Senate seat vacated by Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio.
State Reps. José Menéndez (left) and Trey Martinez Fischer, both Democrats from San Antonio, are seeking the Texas Senate seat vacated by Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio.

Menéndez to Senate; Three Claim House Seats

Four more seats in the Legislature are finally decided, with José Menéndez romping to win San Antonio's Senate seat. Two Republicans and a Democrat are headed for the House.

State Reps. José Menéndez (left) and Trey Martinez Fischer, both Democrats from San Antonio, are seeking the Texas Senate seat vacated by Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio.
State Reps. José Menéndez (left) and Trey Martinez Fischer, both Democrats from San Antonio, are seeking the Texas Senate seat vacated by Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio.

Four Legislative Seats Up for Grabs in Runoffs

A round of Capitol musical chairs will play out on Tuesday when voters decide who will fill three seats in the Texas House and one in the Senate. 

Christmas tree grower Marshall Cathey, center, and his family from Denison, TX arrive via horse-drawn carriage at the Texas Capitol on November 28, 2011 with one of several Capitol Christmas trees that will adorn the House and Senate chambers and hallways.
Christmas tree grower Marshall Cathey, center, and his family from Denison, TX arrive via horse-drawn carriage at the Texas Capitol on November 28, 2011 with one of several Capitol Christmas trees that will adorn the House and Senate chambers and hallways.

Santa Perry Gives the Gift of Three Special Elections

Also, freshman Hurd scores a rare subcommittee chairmanship, and Empower Texans will factor the speaker vote in its legislative scorecard.

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: How Red is Texas? Count the Ways.

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 and state Rep. Mike Villarreal — both Democrats from San Antonio — will face-off in the race to become the city's next mayor.
State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and state Rep. Mike Villarreal — both Democrats from San Antonio — will face-off in the race to become the city's next mayor.

Analysis: Election Season Headed for Overtime

Open spots in the political firmament are prompting officeholders to shop around some, and voters are about to see some names on special election ballots that were on the general election ballots just a couple of weeks ago.

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: A Local Prize Could Ease the Sting of a Recent Statewide 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.