- Court of appeals drops one charge against former Governor Rick Perry
- Trump Tours Texas-Mexico Border
- Kerry Defends Iran Nuclear Deal
- Trump Says Hispanics Love Him
- George Bush Senior Out Of ME. Hospital After Fall
- Abbott Accosted By Traveler Angered Over Gay-Marriage Stance
- Obama Challenges Critics Of Iran Nuclear Deal
- Abbott Orders Investigation Of Use Of Tissue From Abortions
- Local Opponents Of Gay Marriage Vow To Fight On
- Louisiana Gov. Jindal ready to jump into 2016 presidential race
- Abbott Signs Bill To Limit Pollution Lawsuits
- Young Protester Demands Veto Of Texas Budget Measure
- Commissioner To Leave HHSC As Deputy Takes Over
- Clinton: GOP Trying To Make It Difficult For People To Vote
- Perry Announces Presidential Run
- Travis County Gears Up To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
- Like Perry, Abbott Says He'll Leave Texas To Lure Businesses
- Texas Legislature Ends 2015 Session
- Abbott: Texas Won't Legalize Medicinal Or Recreational Pot
- Texas Legislature Ends 2015 Session
- 'Open Carry' Bill Heads To Gov. Abbott
- Austin's Top Cop Says Governor Needs To Step In On Open Carry
- Texas Senate Debating Major Open Carry Handgun Bill
- Texas House OKs Letting Clergy Refuse To Marry Gay Couples
- COA Spends $70K On Austin Code Ad Campaign
- Texas Senate Panel Passes Restrictions On Teen Abortions
- Perry Set To Announce Presidential Bid June 4 In Dallas
- Governor Abbott Signs Kari's Law for better 911 Access
- Texas Anti-Gay Marriage Bill In Limbo With Time Running Out
- House OKs Bill Restricting Minors Seeking Abortions
- Austin City Council Denounces Stereotypes In Training Session
- Supreme Court Rules Police Can't Extend Traffic Stops
- Senate Backs Allowing Pastors To Refuse To Marry Same-Sex Couples
- East Austin Could Get Luxury Golf Course
- Committee Votes Against Requiring Scrubbers For BBQ Food Trucks/Restaurants
- Waste Of Time: Texas House Votes To Keep Daylight Savings
- Senate Gives High Sign To Limited Medical Marijuana
- Pot Legalization Bill Clears House Panel
- School Shooting Victims, Families Voice Against Campus Carry
- Petition May Put Fluoridation Before San Marcos Voters
- Senate Votes To Keep Abbott Promise, Scrap Perry Tech Fund
- Abbott at Rally for Charter Schools at Capitol
- Texas House Approves Slicing State Sales Taxes For 1st Time
- Texas House Approves Licensed Open Carry Of Handguns
- Texas Pushes Closer To Licensed Open Carry Of Handguns
- Employers Warn $15 Wage Will Cause Problems
- Democratic House Technicality Halts 'Open Carry' -- For Now
- Buda May Buy Water San Marcos Doesn't Use
- 11 Year Old Testifies to Pass Suicide Prevention Bill
- Mayor Adler: Change Needed To Address Austin's Problems
5 Things To Watch In Texas Primary Elections
Updated: Monday, March 3 2014, 01:58 PM CST
The results of the Texas primary on Tuesday night could reveal underlying trends in Texas politics ahead of November's general election. Here are five things to watch in the GOP and Democratic primaries:
DID TED CRUZ BLAZE A TRAIL FOR OTHER TEA PARTY CONSERVATIVES?
Tea party conservatives have claimed important gains in the last two elections in Texas, most notably Ted Cruz's defeat of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in their U.S. Senate race in 2012. More than a dozen tea party politicians are using Cruz's underdog tactics in races up and down the ballot hoping to oust more established Republican officeholders, chief among them Dewhurst and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. For more evidence of the tea party's post-Cruz power watch the Texas attorney general's race and the battle between U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions and Katrina Pierson in Congressional District 32.
ARE DEMOCRATS FIRED UP?
Democrats formed Battleground Texas a year ago to breathe new life into the moribund party. Four months later, Fort Worth Sen. Wendy Davis became a hero for women's rights by filibustering a restrictive abortion bill. Battleground has signed up 12,000 volunteers and Davis is running for governor with a dedicated base, but will all this energy turn out voters for the Democratic primary? Davis has no competitor, but her campaign and Battleground Texas have been running phone banks to get people in the habit of voting before it really counts in November.
HOW MANY REPUBLICAN RACES WILL GO TO A RUNOFF?
Six of the state's top jobs do not have an incumbent, and 26 Republicans are jockeying to fill those seats. Tight races for lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, agriculture commissioner and railroad commissioner are likely to lead to runoffs on May 27. Since the Republican nominee has won every statewide election since 1994, this spring could see some intense campaigning to win over what's traditionally been a tiny electorate.
WILL DEMOCRATS BE EMBARASSED IN THE U.S. SENATE RACE?
The 2012 primary race for the Democratic nomination to run for U.S. Senate embarrassed the party when perennial candidate and part-time Republican Grady Yarbrough gathered enough votes to force a runoff with party favorite Paul Sadler without running a significant campaign. This time Kesha Rogers, who is allied with political extremist Lyndon LaRouche and wants to impeach President Barack Obama, could create problems for party activists David Alameel and Maxey Scherr. Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa has called on Democrats to reject Rogers, but familiar last names still count for a lot in races with unknown candidates.
HOW SOON WILL THE GOVERNOR'S RACE BEGIN IN EARNEST?
Both Davis and Greg Abbott have been the presumptive nominees for governor, and in many ways the general election has already begun. The only question after Tuesday's primary is whether the most expensive election in Texas history will take off immediately, or if the campaigns will save their resources for the fall when voters are paying attention.
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