2014 Election

Texas
2:24 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Mid-Terms And What Just Happened?

Low voter turnout, questions about Latino participation and the power of the primary; it all adds up to another lopsided victory for the Republican Party of Texas. The ugly streak of losses continues for the Democrats. For further analysis of the election returns and what happens next for Texas governance – we turn to Harvey Kronberg – editor of the Quorum Report.

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Fronteras
2:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Analysts Say Latinos "Underwhelmed" By Candidates In 2014 Election

David Martin Davies TPR News

On Fronteras:
-- There was a lot of expectation and many predictions about the so-called “Latino vote” in the 2014 elections. We get a full recap from the polling and research firm, Latino Decisions.
-- Federal officials say the sickest five percent of Americans rack up more than half of all health care costs. We report on a program in San Diego that’s reducing emergency room visits and improving people’s health.
-- Rattlesnakes are just a part of life in West Texas. Most people try to steer clear of them. We meet a Fort Davis man with a love for snakes, who says they’re just misunderstood.

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The Two-Way
2:03 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Obama Cites 'A Moment For Reflection' In Election Results

President Obama answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, one day after Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate and captured their biggest majority in the House in more than 60 years.
Larry Downing Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:33 pm

Speaking one day after his party lost control of the Senate to the Republican Party, President Obama says, "I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell."

We'll update this post with news from the president's remarks, made in an hourlong news conference in the East Room of the White House on the afternoon after Election Day.

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The Two-Way
5:21 am
Wed November 5, 2014

After A Resounding GOP Victory, 6 Tidbits That Tell The Story

Sen. Mitch McConnell is accompanied by his wife, Elaine Chao, at his victory event Tuesday in Louisville, Ky.
Aaron P. Bernstein Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 8:35 am

The big headline from last night's midterm elections is that Republicans walloped the Democrats, cashing in on enormous discontent about the state of the country to pick up seven Senate seats and wrest control of the chamber.

That, of course, sets up divided government for the next two years: a Democratic president and a GOP-controlled legislature.

Here are six tidbits that tell the story:

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Election Night In Texas
2:39 am
Wed November 5, 2014

And Just Like That, Texas Has A Different Governor

Governor-elect Greg Abbott at Republican Victory Party at Downtown Austin's ACL-Live Theater.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

Republican Greg Abbott has traded in his title as attorney general, for one that says governor-elect. He’s bringing his negotiating skills to the job though, as Abbott has pledged to work with Democrats over the next four years.

Greg Abbott began his political career in 1996, when he was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by then Governor George W. Bush. In 2002, he succeeded John Cornyn as the state’s attorney general, a position he has held since. But now, Abbott starts a new political adventure as the 48th governor of Texas.

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Election 2014
1:01 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Bexar County Judge Wins A Fourth Term

Nelson Wolff
Credit Bexar.org

  Long-time Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff defeated his challenger by a margin of almost eight percent. Wolff attributes his victory to staying positive.

The long-time incumbent is eager to come back for another term and get to the next phase of county growth. Wolff says that’s what he focused on during his campaign, and it worked.

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2014 Election
2:11 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Live Blog: Election Day

Credit Wikipedia Commons

Follow this post for updates from the NPR and TPR newsrooms on Election Day and Night.

UPDATE 11:24 PM:

With 90 percent of most Bexar County races in, we take a final look at County Judge, District Attorney, Commissioner's Court Precinct No. 4, and San Antonio City Council District 2.

Bexar County Judge: Nelson Wolff leads with 52.04 percent of the vote and Carlton Soules comes in second with 44.25 percent. Rhett Smith and Paul Pipkin receive about 1-2 percent each.

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2014 Election
1:57 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Beyond Wins And Losses, 5 Things About Election Day In Texas

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 12:35 pm

Republicans appear poised to maintain their grip on every statewide office in Texas for a 16th straight year, yet Tuesday’s election results will yield information beyond winners and losers.

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

That 'I'm A Voter' App At The Top Of Your Newsfeed Actually Makes A Difference

Facebook's "I'm a Voter" app.
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Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 3:39 pm

You thought that "I'm a Voter" app at the top of your Facebook newsfeed was just some cute flair, right?

Well, it actually makes a difference. No, really. Some serious scientists collaborated with Facebook in 2010 and found that the app added 340,000 additional voters that election cycle.

Here's how The New Republic explained the methodology:

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The Two-Way
7:19 am
Tue November 4, 2014

It's Election Day: Here Are 5 Headlines That Tell The Story

Sweepers stir up dust as they clean the reflecting pool in front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:23 am

Voters across the country are headed to polls this morning. Thirty-six U.S. Senate seats and 36 governor's chairs are in play.

Our friends at It's All Politics have a ton of coverage. We'll leave you with five headlines from across the web that give you a broad overview of what to expect:

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