Texas gubernatorial election, 2014

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Texas gubernatorial election, 2014
Texas
2010 ←
November 4, 2014 → 2018

  Greg Abbott by Gage Skidmore.jpg Wendy Davis 2013.jpeg
Nominee Greg Abbott[1] Wendy Davis[1]
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 2,790,227 1,832,254
Percentage 59.25% 38.91%

Texas Governor Election Results by County, 2014.svg

County results

Governor before election

Rick Perry
Republican

Elected Governor

Greg Abbott
Republican

The 2014 Texas gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014, to elect the Governor of Texas. This was the first open election for Governor since 1990. Incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry, who had served in the office since December 21, 2000, earlier announced that he would not run for an unprecedented fourth full term as Governor.

The election took place between nominees who were selected on March 4, 2014: Republican State Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis. The ballot also featured Libertarian Party candidate Kathie Glass[2] and Green Party candidate Brandon Parmer.[3] Abbott was projected to carry the election, and ultimately won handily with a 20 percentage point advantage.[4] Exit Polls showed Abbott winning Whites (73% to 26%), while Davis received majorities among African Americans (92% to 7%) and Latinos (55% to 44%).[5]

According to exit polls she only received 47% of the women voters in Texas.[6] In reference to how well her campaign was run, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post stated that "Wendy Davis was, by any measure, a massive disappointment" by receiving less than 40 percent of the vote in Texas.[7]

Abbott takes office on January 20, 2015 as the 48th Governor of Texas.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Greg
Abbott
Lisa
Fritsch
Larry
Kilgore
Miriam
Martinez
Tom
Pauken
Other Undecided
UoT/Texas Tribune February 7–17, 2014 461 ± 4.56% 90% 4% 1% 5%
UoT/Texas Tribune October 18–27, 2013 519 ± 5.02% 50% 3% 1% 2% 2% 42%
Texas Lyceum September 6–20, 2013 279 ± 5.87% 22% 2% 1% 0% 74%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Abbott 1,224,014 91.48%
Republican Lisa Fritsch 59,221 4.42%
Republican Miriam Martinez 35,585 2.65%
Republican Larry Kilgore 19,055 1.42%
Totals 1,337,875 100%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Wendy
Davis
Ray
Madrigal
Other Undecided
UoT/Texas Tribune February 7–17, 2014 263 ± 6.04% 87% 13%

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wendy Davis 432,595 78.08%
Democratic Ray Madrigal 121,419 21.91%
Totals 554,014 100%

Libertarian nomination[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Robert Bell, pharmaceutical executive and chemist[36]
  • Robert Garrett, veteran, helicopter mechanic and prison officer[37]
  • Kathie Glass, attorney[38]
  • Robert "Star" Locke, rancher, building contractor, veteran and perennial candidate[39]

Withdrew[edit]

Results[edit]

Kathie Glass was nominated at the 2014 party convention.[2]

Green nomination[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Independents[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Primary analysis[edit]

In the primary election, Greg Abbott polled 787,766 more votes than Wendy Davis though both were considered certain winners of their party nominations. The Republican turnout overall exceeded the Democrat strength by 786,487, nearly the same gap as that between Abbott and Davis.[47]

Both parties saw their turnout decline from 2010. The GOP had 151,101 fewer primary voters in 2014 than in 2010; the Democrats declined by 133,354. Republicans had a total turnout of 9.8 percent in 2014; the Democrats, 3.7 percent.[47]

Political scientist Mark P. Jones of Rice University in Houston, declared that the primary returns "looks bad for Democrats. There also wasn't very much going on [for Democrats] in 2010, yet more people voted in 2010 than voted in 2014. ... Instead of moving toward turning Texas blue, they are moving back towards Texas as an even redder state."[48]

Davis' intraparty rival and political unknown Ray Madrigal (born c. 1942) of Corpus Christi finished with nearly 21 percent of the vote, but he still outpolled the nominee in two high-profile South Texas counties with large numbers of Hispanic voters, Webb (56-44 percent) and Hidalgo (53-47 percent). In the smaller Willacy and LaSalle counties, Madrigal finished ahead of Davis with nearly 61 and 58 percent, respectively.[47]

In the 1994 Democratic gubernatorial primary, a candidate similar to Madrigal, Gary Espinosa, polled 22.2 percent of the vote against incumbent Ann Richards, who was thereafter unseated by George W. Bush. Richards remains thus far the last Democrat to have served as governor of Texas. Despite the similarity with 1994, Davis told a candidate forum after the primary that she expects no difficulty in attracting large Hispanic support in South Texas in her campaign against Abbott. Democratic operatives insist that there is little correlation between primary turnout, which is traditionally very low in Texas, and the prospects to win a general election.[49]

Davis advisor Matt Angle said that he still believes the Republicans performed poorly in the primary and will be damaged in the general election by the rhetoric against illegal immigration in the heated primary race for lieutenant governor, which continued to a runoff contest on May 27 between the incumbent David Dewhurst and the frontrunner, State Senator Dan Patrick, both of Houston. Conversely, Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak said that the Democrats missed an opportunity to bring voters to the polls in a show of strength: "If they think they can skip the primary and have a stunning victory [in the general election], that's extremely naïve."[48]

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

The first of two confirmed gubernatorial debates between Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott took place at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance at 18:00 on Friday, September 19, co-hosted by KGBT-TV, The Monitor and KTLM-TV.[50] KGBT-TV posted the complete video online.[51] The debate took place in Edinburg, Texas, and it gave both candidates an opportunity to appeal to the large Hispanic community that is looked at[by whom?] as an "increasingly important voting bloc in Texas."[52]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Greg
Abbott (R)
Wendy
Davis (D)
Other Undecided
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 3,987 ± 3% 57% 37% 0% 6%
UoT/Texas Tribune October 10–19, 2014 866 ± 3.6% 54% 38% 8%[53]
Survey Research Center September 22–October 16, 2014 781 ± 3.5% 47% 32% 2.1%[54] 17%
Crosswind Communications October 9–12, 2014 500 ± 4.33% 52.4% 31% 0.4% 16.2%
Rasmussen Reports October 1–2, 2014 840 ± 3.5% 51% 40% 3% 7%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 4,177 ± 2% 54% 40% 0% 5%
Texas Lyceum September 11–25, 2014 666 ± 3.8% 49% 40% 4%[55] 8%
Benenson* September 2–4, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 46% 38% 16%
WPA Opinion Research^ September 3, 2014  ? ± ? 53% 35% 12%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 4,189 ± 2% 56% 38% 2% 5%
Rasmussen Reports August 4–5, 2014 850 ± 3.5% 48% 40% 3% 9%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 4,320 ± 3.7% 54% 37% 1% 9%
UoT/Texas Tribune May 30–June 8, 2014 1,200 ± 2.83% 44% 32% 7%[56] 17%
Texas Tech University April 14–17, 2014 454 ± 4.6% 54% 25% 6% 15%
Public Policy Polling April 10–13, 2014 559 ± 4.1% 51% 37% 13%
Emerson College March 7–12, 2014 494 ± ? 49.3% 41.8% 8.9%
Rasmussen Reports March 3–4, 2014 500 ± 4.5% 53% 41% 1% 4%
UoT/Texas Tribune February 7–17, 2014 1,200 ± 2.83% 47% 36% 17%
Public Policy Polling November 1–4, 2013 500 ± 4.4% 50% 35% 15%
47% 37% 9% 8%
UoT/Texas Tribune October 18–27, 2013 1,200 ± 3.3% 40% 34% 25%
40% 35% 5%[57] 20%
Texas Lyceum September 6–20, 2013 798 ± 3.47% 29% 21% 50%
Public Policy Polling June 28–July 1, 2013 500 ± 4.4% 48% 40% 12%
Public Policy Polling January 24–27, 2013 400 ± 4.9% 46% 34% 20%
  • * Poll for the Wendy Davis campaign
  • ^ Poll for the Greg Abbott campaign

Results[edit]

Texas gubernatorial election, 2014[58]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Greg Abbott 2,790,227 59.25% + 4.28%
Democratic Wendy Davis 1,832,254 38.91% - 3.34%
Libertarian Kathie Glass 66,413 1.14%
Green Brandon Parmer 18,494 0.39%
Independent Sarah M. Pavitt 1,168 0.02%
Majority 954,306 20.31
Turnout 4,698,770
Republican hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  53. ^ Kathie Glass (L) 6%, Brandon Parmer (G) 2%
  54. ^ Kathie Glass (L) 0.7%, Brandon Parmer (G) 1.4%
  55. ^ Kathie Glass (L) 2%, Brandon Parmer (G) 2%
  56. ^ Kathie Glass (L) 3%, Brandon Parmer (G) 1%, Other 3%
  57. ^ Kathie Glass (L)
  58. ^ "Office of the Secretary of State 2014 General Election Election Night Returns". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 

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