2012 Election

2012 Election
12:38 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Joaquín Castro wins Charlie Gonzalez' 20th Congressional District In Landslide

Joaquín at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where the Castro brothers introduced themselves to the nation.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

With nearly 64 percent of the votes in Congressional District 20, Joaquín Castro won the seat being vacated by the long-serving Charlie Gonzalez who is retiring at the end of this term.

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro introduced his brother, Joaquín as a newly-elected congressman, saying that he will be a breath of fresh air in Washington, D.C.

“It gives me great pleasure to introduce the next congressman,” said the mayor, who rushed from the Pre-K for SA headquarters to be at his brother’s side as soon as enough of the votes were in to call the election for Joaquín.

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It's All Politics
11:54 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Obama's Win Powered By Organization, If Not Ideas

Martha Nunez, 53, of the Bronx, reacts to President Obama's victory Tuesday.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 10:54 pm

The euphoria of Barack Obama's supporters on election night four years ago was replaced Tuesday by relief, as the incumbent president won a second term over Republican Mitt Romney in an effort powered more by organization than by ideas.

To retain the White House, Obama managed to overcome the handicap of an economy just finding its footing after a devastating recession, and an unemployment rate higher than it's been under any president seeking re-election since Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
11:46 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Pre-K 4 SA Referendum Passes, But Not Without A Battle

Mayor Julián Castro celebrates the passing of his Pre-K 4 SA referendum with his family on Tuesday night.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Early returns had Pre-K 4 SA in a dead heat in early voting numbers, but votes supporting the measure gained ground as the election-day results were tallied.

  • The early education tax increase passed with 53 percent of the vote;  early vote totals showed votes supporting the proposition only 87 votes ahead of votes opposing.

The crowd at the Castro election headquarters was jubilant as Mayor Julián Castro said early in the evening that he believed the measure would pass, “and I think San Antonians have made the right decision tonight.”

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10:54 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Cruz Easily Wins U.S. Senate Race

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Republican Ted Cruz had a commanding lead after early voting, a lead that Democrat Paul Sadler couldn't overcome.
Ted Cruz, a Harvard-educated lawyer and Tea Party icon, easily won the U.S. Senate race Tuesday night, becoming the first Hispanic from Texas to land the
2012 Election
5:20 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

E.R. Doctor Donna Campbell Takes On School Teacher John Courage in Senate Dist. 25

Texas Senate District 25 (orange) serves people in six different counties and has been one of the major story lines of this election season.
State of Texas District Viewer

(Update: 12:10 a.m.) About 95 percent of precincts have been counted and Campbell is maintaining 66 percent of the vote to Courage's 34 percent; safe to say that this race is over.

(Update: 10:30 p.m.) With 72 percent of the vote counted, Campbell has 66 percent of the vote and looks to have this race easily won.

(Update: 8:50 p.m.) Texas Secretary of State's Office showing Campbell with 67 percent of the vote, effectively holding on to her commanding lead in early voting.

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2012 Election
5:13 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Narvaiz and Doggett In Race For New Congressional District 35

Congressional District 35 (in orange) stretches IH-35 from San Antonio to Austin.
State of Texas District Viewer

(Update: 12:00 a.m) Nearly 90 percent of the votes counted now and Doggett looks to be the winner still holding about 63 percent of the vote.

(Update: 10:30 p.m.) With 66 percent of the vote now counted, Doggett is maintaining 63 percent of the vote.

(Update: 9:00 p.m.) Texas Secretary of State's Office showing Doggett with about 63 percent of the vote, carrying the lead out of early voting, where he led by a nearly two to one margin.

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4:43 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Last Look at Federal Candidates' Campaign Finance Totals

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There is so much money tossed around during the campaign season that it could make your head explode trying to figure out where it's all going. The Texas Tribune compiled all the donations and hand-offs, and here is how each Texas federal candidate stacked up.
On Oct. 25, federal candidates filed their pre-general reports, the last campaign finance reports before the Nov. 6 general election. These reports are our last look at how much money each candidate has on hand before the big day. As we did with the state filings last week, we have compiled all of these numbers.
Teaching the Importance of Voting
3:27 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Mock Election Helps Fenwick Elementary Students See Value In Voting

A student casts a ballot in a mock election held for Fenwick Elementary's 400 children from pre-K to fifth grade.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Inside the Fenwick Elementary School cafeteria, elections officials set up a table with ballots ready to hand out to the youngest of the nation’s patriots, student voters. Here the elementary children cast their ballots in a mock election, while in the nearby gym, adults are doing the real thing.

"I firmly believe that we have fought to have the right to vote and to choose our representatives,” said Dr. Tambrey Ozuna, who is the principal at Fenwick. “And I want my students to take that message with them when they get older. I want them to have that instilled in them."

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2012 Election Issues
11:30 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting Issues: Long Lines In Florida, Confusion In New Jersey

Voters line up to cast a ballot in Crawfordville, Fla.
Mark Wallheiser Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 3:18 pm

As the voting day has progressed, we've seen some reports of irregularities.. Throughout the day, we'll be surveying our reporters and other news organizations and keep track of significant irregularities in this post.

So far, the big problem has been long lines. Some voters have had to wait hours in line to cast their ballot in battleground states like Florida and Virginia and those affected by Superstorm Sandy like New York.

We'll start with Florida:

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$1.89 Billion School Bond
11:25 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Houston Voters To Decide On Texas' Largest Bond Proposal

The $1.89 billion dollar proposal would make major improvements to a total of 38 schools in the Houston Independent School District, many that have outlived their usefulness.

"These high schools are 50+ years old, and there is not a real cheap way to get out of this because we have not updated our high schools in a long time, and they are literally crumbling."

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