Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A few election stories from the Texas Tribune

Lot's to sift through

- See which counties in Texas Trump and Clinton won.

Contains a nice interactive map. You'll note that every incumbent to the U.S. House from Texas, as well as the Texas Senate, won reelection. Only four members of the Texas House lost.

- Donald Trump's shocking upset emboldens Texas GOP.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who chaired Trump’s campaign in Texas, said the businessman's victory allows state Republicans to “move forward with boldness and confidence,” finally free to push conservative legislation without having to worry about Washington undermining it.
“The fact we’re going to have a rock-solid conservative on the Supreme Court, and maybe two or three more before his term ends, and the fact that we’re not going to have the EPA on our back, the Justice Department on our back, all the money and the energy and the time that we spent suing the federal government, Abbott and Paxton — that’s all gone,” Patrick said in an interview with The Texas Tribune.

Texas Democrats lick their wounds after rough night.

“Everybody was expecting Trump to have some seriously negative coattails, not just in Texas but everywhere, and the opposite turned out to be true, which means that we have altogether been dead wrong and underestimated some things about the electorate," said Harold Cook, a longtime Democratic operative. "What those things are will be our discussion for weeks to come.”

Texas Libertarians clinch ballot access, Greens fall short.

Texas will give Libertarians a ballot spot during the state's next general election, after the party’s candidate for state railroad commissioner nabbed more than 5 percent of the vote — the threshold a party needs in a statewide contest to keep ballot access.
. . . The environmentally minded Green Party, which had hoped to draw more attention when it held its national convention in oil-slick Houston, fell short of its goal. Martina Salinas, who also ran for railroad commissioner, earned the biggest share of its statewide votes, with 3.2 percent.
Her party made its best local showing in the District 1 State Board of Education race. Hugo Noyola Jr. earned nearly 16.9 percent of those votes.

To regain ballot access, the Greens must secure nearly 50,000 valid signatures in less than three months.
Petition drives for ballot access can be expensive. In 2010, an out-of-state group with ties to the Republican Party funneled $532,000 to the Green Party’s ballot effort.

And for more:

- Democrats pick up four Texas House seats.
- Texans who could serve in Trump's Washington.
- Status quo holds in the Texas Senate.
- Republicans prevail in Texas State Board of Education races.
- Republicans sweep Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals races.
- Wayne Christian wins big in Texas Railroad Commission race.

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