2012 Primaries

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8:22 am
Fri July 27, 2012

AM Update: Early Voting Ending, Aurora Victim Laid to Rest, Longhorns in the Olympics

Today is the last day to cast a ballot before Election Day on Tuesday.
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Last Day to Vote Early

Today is the last day to cast your ballot early in the primary runoff election.

You can click here to find a list of early voting locations in Travis County. Most locations close at 6 p.m. The polling place at the Travis County Offices on Airport Boulevard is open until 7 p.m.

Less than three percent of registered Travis County voters have cast a ballot so far.

Election Day for the primary runoff is Tuesday. On Election Day you’ll only be allowed to vote at your precinct.

Colorado Shooting Victim Remembered in Austin

A funeral for the former Austinite killed in the Aurora movie theater massacre will take place in Austin today.

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AM Update
8:33 am
Wed May 30, 2012

AM Update: Primary Results, Runoffs, and What's Next

Candidates bound for runoffs will keep electioneering until July 31.
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Texas Primaries Results

Last night’s Texas primaries resolved several high profile contests, while sending other races to a runoff.

Near the top of the Republican ballot, beneath Mitt Romney’s win in the Presidential primary, the race for U.S. Senate carries on. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst came up short of a plurality, meaning he will face off against former Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz in a runoff.

U.S. Rep.  Lamar Smith easily prevailed in his primary, despite opposition from Internet activists.  And on the Democratic side, longtime Austin U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett won handily in newly drawn Congressional District 35.

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Williamson County
11:30 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Howdy Duty!

Photo illustration by Brandi Grissom, Todd Wiseman for the Texas Tribune

Update 11:33 p. m.:

Challenger Jana Duty has unseated incumbent John Bradley, garnering 55% of the vote.

Original Post:

Early voting results are in for Williamson County, where the Republican primary race for District Attorney is arguably the one to watch.

Challenger Jana Duty has 53 percent of the vote compared to incumbent John Bradley’s 47 percent. Less than 700 votes separate the candidates. A little more than 1,500 votes were tallied in early voting.

Duty has made Bradley’s handling of the Michael Morton case a central plank of her campaign.

She told YNN last night: "The policies and procedures have to change because those procedures that was in place 25 years ago in the Michael Morton case, are still in place today,” Duty said. “We have to have an open discovery policy, we have to have fairness."

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Politics
11:15 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Workman Wins in Republican Primary

In Texas House District 47 covering western Travis County, incumbent Paul Workman handily won his Republican primary.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Workman bested Ryan Downton, 67 percent (9,644 votes) to 33 percent (4,782). 

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Politics
9:12 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Nail-Biter in Senate District 25

From left: Donna Campbell, Elizabeth Ames Jones and Jeff Wentworth are nearly locked neck and neck.
Photo illustration by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Looks like it could be bad news for incumbent State Senator Jeff Wentworth, whose District 25 covers part of Austin.

With just under eight percent of precincts reporting, Wentworth is locked in a three-way battle with challengers Donna Campbell and Elizabeth Ames Jones. Wentworth has locked up 36 percent. Campbell and Ames Jones have secured 32 percent each.

A former railroad commissioner, Ames Jones resigned her post in February to run in the state senate primary. Clashes between Wentworth and Ames Jones, including the former’s lawsuit against the latter, and an anti-Wentworth website squatting at jeffwentworth.com  reflect the tough tenor of the campaign.

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Politics
8:46 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Lamar Smith: I Can Has Nomination?

Photo courtesy of Lamar Smith

Efforts by some Internet activists -- including I Can Has Cheezeburger? CEO Ben Huh -- to unseat the author of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act have fizzled. Austin Congressman Lamar Smith has trounced his two primary challengers, all but locking in the Republican nomination. 

With results still trickling in, Smith had secured 79 percent of the vote. Tea party activist Richard Mack had 13 percent and software engineer Richard Morgan had 8 percent. The Associated Press has declared Smith the winner.

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Politics
8:12 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

More Travis County Races to Call

Photo by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

While the writing’s on the wall in the Travis County D.A.’s race, it appears that’s not the only county race where early voting tells the tale.

In the race for Travis County Sheriff, incumbent Greg Hamilton handily leads challenger John Sisson in early voting, 71% (11,825) to 29% (4,799).

Sisson tried to make an issue out of Hamilton’s participation in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions at the jail.

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Politics
7:18 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Mr. Baird is Toast?

Former District Court Judge Charlie Baird (left) is trailing incumbent Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg in early voting totals.
Baird via courtesy Baird for Travis County DA Campaign. Lehmberg photo via https://www.facebook.com/RosemaryLehmberg

If early voting numbers are any indicator, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg appears to have trounced her primary challenger, Charlie Baird.

Lehmberg netted 12,647 votes in early balloting. That’s 74 percent of the vote. Baird got 4,353 votes or 26 percent. Yes, there were exactly 17,000 votes cast during early polling.

Politics
4:30 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Even After Texas Primary, Romney Will Remain the 'Presumptive' Nominee

Mitt Romney campaigns Tuesday in Craig, Colo.
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Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 3:32 pm

At the moment the polls close in Texas Tuesday evening, most media outlets and very likely even the Mitt Romney campaign will declare that he has secured enough delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.

For what it's worth, there are two problems with that statement. First, as a practical matter, Romney actually won the Republican nomination when the other candidates competing for delegates in the primaries and caucuses stopped doing so. That was weeks ago.

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AM Update
8:23 am
Tue May 29, 2012

AM Update: Texas Primaries Finally Arrive, Fatal SMU Standoff, County Commissioners Meet

Polls are open until 7 p.m. in the Texas primaries today.
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Polls Open for 2012 Texas Primaries

After being pushed back repeatedly, the Texas primary elections are here.

Voters in the Republican and Democratic primaries will nominate candidates for offices ranging from the President and U.S. Senate to county positions like District Attorney and Tax Assessor-Collector.  You can view the parties’ sample ballots online.

Polls opened at 7 a.m., and although early voting numbers have been low, Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade is hoping for a higher election day turnout.

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2012 Primaries
2:08 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Early Voting Ends Today, and Time is Running Out

Today is the last day to cast a ballot in early voting for the May 29 Texas Primaries.
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You have just hours left to vote early in the Texas Primaries.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir says so far turnout has been disappointing. She believes it’s because the election coincides with prom season, graduations and the beginning of summer vacation.

When the polls opened this morning, just 4.6 percent of registered Travis County voters had cast a ballot.

Election Day is Tuesday. DeBeauvoir thinks the holiday weekend could also keep voters away from the polls.

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AM Update
8:43 am
Tue May 22, 2012

AM Update: Travis County Vote Centers, Fixing Food Insecurity, Top Austin High Schools

Vote centers would allow Travis County voters to cast a ballot anywhere during the November Presidential elections; Lamakers are talking about ways to elimate 'food deserts' in Texas; New list ranks 10 Austin area high schools in America's top 1,000.
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Vote Anywhere During November's Presidential Election?

The Travis County Commissioners are meeting this morning to talk about using vote centers for the November 2012 Presidential election.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir says vote centers, or countywide polling places, give all registered Travis County voters the option to vote at any polling location in the county on election day. Right now, that’s only allowed during early voting.

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Texas Primaries
10:13 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Early Voting in Texas Primaries Starts Today

From one election to the next: Early voting in state and county primaries kicks off today.
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It's time to vote – again. On the heels of Austin's city election Saturday, early voting for the state and county primaries starts today, and runs through May 25.

The primary was originally scheduled for March but was pushed back because of disagreements over redistricting. Voters will get to choose the party nominees for President, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, among others.

In Travis County, voters will cast primary ballots for offices including district attorney, sheriff, and more.

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Texas
10:25 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Fake Twitter Feeds, Deceptive Websites Shake Up Primary

Image by Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Looking for state Sen. Jeff Wentworth’s personal website? It's not jeffwentworth.com, an attack site that blasts the 20-year San Antonio incumbent as “the most liberal Republican senator in Austin.”

Want to know what Ted Cruz, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, says on Twitter? Don't follow @RealTedCruz, which calls the former state solicitor general a “trial lawyer standing with a Chinese conglomerate to kill American jobs.” 

Straddling the line between dirty tricks and political strategy is as old as elections. And campaign impersonation dates at least as far back as the 1970s, when Donald Segretti, President Richard Nixon’s re-election operative, forged letters seeking to discredit Democratic presidential candidate Edmund Muskie — a move that landed Segretti in prison.

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2012 Presidential Election
3:52 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Santorum's Exit a Blow to Texas' Presidential Primary

Photo by Gage Skidmore via the Texas Tribune

Rick Santorum’s withdrawal today from the 2012 presidential contest makes Texas Republicans, once again, all but irrelevant in their party’s nomination process.

The drawn-out nature of the race had given party activists rare hope that this would be the most competitive presidential primary since 1976, when Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford duked it out in a contest that didn’t end until the party’s convention.

But a legal fight this year over redistricting pushed the Texas primary to May 29 from early March.

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Opinion
2:41 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

New Republic: The Two Candidate Race Has Arrived

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign stop at Kirkwood Park March 13, 2012 in Kirkwood, Missouri. Romney won Hawaii while Santorum took the Mississippi and Alabama primaries Tuesday.
Whitney Curtis Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 8:06 am

Ed Kilgore is a special correspondent for The New Republic

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2012 Presidential Election
10:48 am
Tue March 13, 2012

New Republic: Is The South Too Much For The GOP?

Supporters take cover from the rain as they listen to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak at the Whistle Stop cafe March 12, 2012 in Mobile, Alabama. Alabama and Mississippi hold their primaries today.
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Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 8:05 am

Alec MacGillis is a writer for The New Republic

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2012 Presidential Election
8:32 am
Wed March 7, 2012

New Republic: Does Romney Have A Southern Problem?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a Super Tuesday event March 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Romney won six of the ten states that voted on Super Tuesday. However, the Republican nominating contest may be far from over.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 7:18 am

Ed Kilgore is a special correspondent for The New Republic, a blogger for The Washington Monthly, and managing editor of The Democratic Strategist.

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Politics
8:19 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Super Tuesday: 4 Things To Watch

Ten states hold GOP nominating contests on March 6. Here a voter heads to a polling station Tuesday morning in Cambridge, Mass., where former Gov. Mitt Romney is expected to win his home state.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 8:55 am

Super Tuesday 2012 is finally here, with Republican presidential preference contests — a mix of primaries and caucuses — occurring in 10 states from sea to shining sea.

While the 2012 race for the GOP nomination likely won't be over by Wednesday morning, it could seem far closer to being so, especially if Mitt Romney sweeps contests everywhere but, say, Georgia, where the former congressman from the Peach State, Newt Gingrich, is expected to have a good night.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:52 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Nugent Endorses Romney But Prefers "Real" Perry

Photo illustration by Gage Skidmore / Michael Kappel / Todd Wiseman for Texas Tribune

Waco-area resident and rock star Ted Nugent announced today on Twitter that he was endorsing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's bid for the GOP presidential nomination. But he said things would be different if Texas Gov. Rick Perry had run a different campiagn.

"If the real Rick Perry had been at those debates, he would still be in the race," Nugent told the Tribune Friday. "It is my firm belief that Rick Perry would have [made] and would make the best president we could choose."

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