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Ted Cruz and Donald Trump split victories on Saturday, with the Texas senator posting big wins in the Kansas and Maine GOP caucuses and the real estate mogul winning the Kentucky caucuses and Louisiana primary.

In the Democratic race, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders notched victories in the Kansas and Nebraska caucuses, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the Louisiana primary.

The Republicans: Cruz emerges as leading anti-Trump candidate

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This week on The Ticket: KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root bring you a mini-episode with our takes on the March 1 Super Tuesday elections. We’ll also hear from Matt Katz of WNYC’s the Christie Tracker podcast on the strange week of Chris Christie: Trump Endorser.


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The 11th Republican presidential debate reached a fever pitch on Thursday, with Republican rivals piling on Donald Trump as he slung back vulgar insults.

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Texas’ March 1 primary was the first time the state’s controversial voter ID law was in place during a presidential nominating contest.


The 11th Republican presidential debate reached a fever pitch on Thursday, with Republican rivals piling on Donald Trump as he slung back vulgar insults.

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Austin City Council members will decide Thursday whether to revisit an affordable housing deal approved by vote in December. But just how they might go about reconsidering it is complicated.

The deal – called Pilot Knob – would move anywhere from $50 to $80 million dollars normally slotted for Austin Water’s coffers and put it into the city’s affordable housing trust fund. That financial information though, many council members have said, was not available to them at that December vote.

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The University of Texas is preparing to search for a new Dean for its Architecture School. Outgoing Dean Fritz Steiner recently announced he was leaving his post ahead of a new statewide law allowing permitted gun owners to carry a concealed handgun on campus.  

The Texas Tribune

During oral arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the constitutionality of Texas’ abortion restrictions, U.S. Supreme Court justices focused on what role the rules played in closing dozens of clinics, and probed the state’s justifications for the law.

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From the Texas Tribune: The newly elected chair of the Republican Party in the county that includes the Texas Capitol spent most of election night tweeting about former Gov. Rick Perry’s sexual orientation and former President Bill Clinton’s penis, and insisting that members of the Bush family should be in jail.

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The Texas primary election on Super Tuesday—despite long lines, technical difficulties, and a strict voter ID requirement—brought 35% of Travis County registered voters out to the polls. And they weren't just voting in the Presidential primary; plenty of local primary races were decided Tuesday night. The County Clerk’s office has full reports for both Democratic and Republican Super Tuesday primaries on its website—which, after some difficulties throughout voting hours Tuesday, is seemingly back up and running. Here’s how the Travis County Clerk's office reports the final vote totals in some key races.  

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump notched big wins across the South on Super Tuesday as they extended their leads for their party's nomination.

On the Republican side, Trump has won seven states: Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Vermont, Massachusetts and Georgia. Sen. Ted Cruz won his home state of Texas, eked out a surprise victory in Oklahoma and won the caucuses in Alaska. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finally got his first outright win by taking the Minnesota caucuses.

Live Blog: Travis County Votes

Mar 1, 2016
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While the candidates at the top of the ballot have brought near-record turnout in Travis County, there's still plenty left on the ballot for Travis County voters to decide this Super Tuesday. Follow along for all of the results right here to get the rundown on how the local races are shaping up. 

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Texas has the most delegates at stake in today's Super Tuesday primary. It’s part of the process to select presidential candidates for both the Republican and Democrat parties. 

This blog is part of the Texas Station Collaborative, a new joint project of KUT, KERA in North Texas, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio. 

We are using the hashtag #txdecide if you tweet. If not, feel free to comment about your voting experience or anything else election-2016 related.

Jason Brackins for the Texas Tribune

By now you've probably heard what Super Tuesday means in terms of the delegate count for the presidential nominating contests. There are almost 2,000 delegates up for grabs across 12 states for the two parties today. But how are those special votes divided up in a primary or caucus?


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Am I registered? The Texas Secretary of State’s office has a site to help you figure out if you’re registered, and in which county. You can plug in your driver’s license number or your VUID number (the 10-digit number on your voter registration certificate) with your date of birth; or enter your first and last name, county and date of birth to check the status of your registration. Check your status on the Secretary of State’s website here

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More than 17 million Texans are eligible to head to the polls and vote in Republican and Democratic primaries, but that doesn’t mean they’ll all turn out tomorrow.


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On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The case is a challenge to a controversial Texas law proponents say makes abortions safer in the state. It could set new limits for what kind of regulations state lawmakers can impose on abortion providers.


Hillary Clinton won the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday, notching a decisive win in a state where she suffered a devastating loss just eight years ago.

The Associated Press called the race for the former secretary of state over rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders just seconds after the polls closed at 7 p.m. ET. With all precincts reporting, Clinton beat Sanders by nearly 50 points, winning 73.5 percent to 26 percent.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT News

Thousands attended a somewhat-impromptu campaign stop at Circuit of the Americas in Austin Saturday to see Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Sanders campaign announced Thursday afternoon that they were holding a rally in Texas this weekend. They'd also make a campaign stop in Dallas Saturday afternoon. For many in the crowd, seeing Sanders in Austin was a big surprise.


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This week on The Ticket 2016: The Texas Tribune's Jay Root and KUT's Ben Philpott talk with national Hispanic activist, and former Jeb Bush supporter, Temo Muniz about the Republican primary. Specifically, what do he and other conservative Hispanics do now that Bush is out of the race, and ideas like the mass-deportation of 12 million immigrants are being pushed by top candidates.

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