KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com Election Election en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:04:46 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Pro-Clinton Super PAC Raises Almost $6M http://www.kristv.com/news/pro-clinton-super-pac-raises-almost-6m/ http://www.kristv.com/news/pro-clinton-super-pac-raises-almost-6m/ Election Thu, 10 Apr 2014 4:24:36 AM Pro-Clinton Super PAC Raises Almost $6M

WASHINGTON (AP) - A super PAC urging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president says it raised $1.7 million in the first three months of the year, almost all of it from small-dollar donors.

Ready for Hillary on Thursday said more than 22,000 new donors gave money to the self-designated Clinton support network between Jan. 1 and March 31. The average contribution was $53, and 98 percent of it was $100 or less.

Ready for Hillary has been collecting names of those who would support Clinton if she runs in 2016. The super PAC has been focused on building buzz by lining up donors, as others have done.

Since its launch, Ready for Hillary has raised $5.75 million.

The group is independent of a campaign Clinton would launch if she decides to run.

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Supreme Court Voids Overall Campaign Donor Limits http://www.kristv.com/news/supreme-court-voids-overall-campaign-donor-limits/ http://www.kristv.com/news/supreme-court-voids-overall-campaign-donor-limits/ Election Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:59:10 AM Supreme Court Voids Overall Campaign Donor Limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court further loosened the reins on political giving Wednesday, ruling that big campaign donors can dole out money to as many candidates and political committees as they want as long as they abide by limits on contributions to each individual campaign.

In a 5-4 vote won by conservative justices, the court struck down limits in federal law on the total amount of money a contributor can give to candidates, political parties and political action committees.

The decision wipes away the overall limit of $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. It will allow the wealthiest contributors to pour millions of dollars into candidate and party coffers, although those contributions will be subject to disclosure under federal law. Big donors, acting independently of candidates and parties, already can spend unlimited amounts on attacks ads and other campaign efforts that have played an increasingly important role in elections.

The justices left in place limits on individual contributions to each candidate for president or Congress, now $2,600 per election.

The court's conservative majority, under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, continued its run of decisions back to 2007 rejecting campaign finance limits as violations of the First Amendment speech rights of contributors. The most notable among those rulings was the 2010 decision in Citizens United that lifted limits on independent spending by corporations and labor unions.

Roberts said the aggregate limits do not act to prevent corruption, the rationale the court has upheld as justifying contribution limits.

The overall limits "intrude without justification on a citizen's ability to exercise 'the most fundamental First Amendment activities,'" Roberts said, quoting from the court's seminal 1976 campaign finance ruling in Buckley v. Valeo.

Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the outcome of the case, but wrote separately to say that he would have gone further and wiped away all contribution limits.

Justice Stephen Breyer, writing for the liberal dissenters, said that the court's conservatives had "eviscerated our nation's campaign finance laws" through Wednesday's ruling and the Citizens United case.

"If the court in Citizens United opened a door, today's decision we fear will open a floodgate," Breyer said in comments from the bench. "It understates the importance of protecting the political integrity of our governmental institution. It creates, we think, a loophole that will allow a single individual to contribute millions of dollars to a political party or to a candidate's campaign."

Roberts said the dissenters' fears were overstated because other federal laws prohibit the circumvention of the individual limits and big donors are more likely to spend a lot of money independently in support of a favored candidate.

Reaction to the ruling generally followed party lines, with advocates of capping money in politics aligned with Democrats in opposition to the decision.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called the Supreme Court decision "an important first step toward restoring the voice of candidates and party committees and a vindication for all those who support robust, transparent political discourse."

The GOP and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had argued that other decisions relaxing campaign finance rules had diminished the influence of political parties.

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said, "This in itself is a small step, but another step on the road to ruination. It could lead to interpretations of the law that would result in the end of any fairness in the political system as we know it."

Congress enacted the limits in the wake of Watergate-era abuses to discourage big contributors from trying to buy legislative votes with their donations and to restore public confidence in the campaign finance system.

But in a series of rulings in recent years, the Roberts court has struck down provisions of federal law aimed at limiting the influence of big donors as unconstitutional curbs on free speech rights.

In the current case, Republican activist Shaun McCutcheon of Hoover, Ala., the national Republican Party and Senate GOP leader McConnell challenged the overall limits on what contributors may give in a two-year federal election cycle. The limits for the current election cycle included a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to all candidates.

McCutcheon gave the symbolically significant amount of $1,776 to 15 candidates for Congress and wanted to give the same amount to 12 others. But doing so would have put him in violation of the cap.

Relatively few Americans play in the big leagues of political giving. Just under 650 donors contributed the maximum amount to candidates, PACs and parties in the last election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The court did not heed warnings from Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. and advocates of campaign finance limits that donors would be able to funnel large amounts of money to a favored candidate in the absence of the overall limit.

The Republicans also called on the court to abandon its practice over nearly 40 years of evaluating limits on contributions less skeptically than restrictions on spending.

The differing levels of scrutiny have allowed the court to uphold most contribution limits, because of the potential for corruption when donors make large direct donations to candidates. At the same time, the court has found that independent spending does not pose the same risk of corruption and has applied a higher level of scrutiny to laws that seek to limit spending.

If the court were to drop the distinction between contributions and expenditures, even limits on contributions to individual candidates for Congress, currently $2,600 per election, would be threatened, said Fred Wertheimer, a longtime supporter of stringent campaign finance laws.

The case is McCutcheon v. FEC, 12-536.

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Associated Press writer Steve Peoples in Boston contributed to this report.

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Abbott's Goal: Break Bush Record for Hispanic Vote http://www.kristv.com/news/abbott-s-goal-break-bush-record-for-hispanic-vote/ http://www.kristv.com/news/abbott-s-goal-break-bush-record-for-hispanic-vote/ Election Thu, 6 Mar 2014 4:34:39 PM Abbott's Goal: Break Bush Record for Hispanic Vote

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Greg Abbott says he wants to make history and capture the largest percentage of Hispanic voters ever by a Republican in a Texas governor's race.

Abbott on Thursday began the general election phase of his campaign in Hidalgo County. That's one of several Texas border counties where rival Wendy Davis finished Ray Madrigal, an obscure challenger in this week's Democratic primary.

Abbott turned out even fewer voters in Hidalgo County than Davis, and declined comment on her numbers in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Texas attorney general says he's instead focused on attracting historic Hispanic support. Former Gov. George W. Bush is widely considered to have set the GOP mark during his re-election in 1998.

Some exit polling that year put Bush getting as much as 49 percent of Hispanic voters.

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Republican Drama From Last Night's Election http://www.kristv.com/news/republican-drama-from-last-night-s-election/ http://www.kristv.com/news/republican-drama-from-last-night-s-election/ Election Wed, 5 Mar 2014 5:04:01 PM Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com Republican Drama From Last Night's Election

CORPUS CHRISTI - The republican's primary had a little more drama last night than the democrats, with interesting outcomes in several races.

Amongst other interesting results, here locally, two republican races got a good chunk of attention last night.

The race for 105th District Judge and the race for Precinct 4 County Commissioner.

In the race for the 105th, incumbent Angelica Hernandez lost to Nueces County Assistant District Attorney Jack Pulcher just a couple months after fighting through some controversy.

It was just a couple months ago, when Kleberg County District Attorney John Hubert filed a motion to recuse Angelica Hernandez from any and all felony cases in the county.

Hubert said he couldn't get a fair trial out of Hernandez.

And even though the motion got thrown out, political analyst Dr. Bob Bezdek, says a republican having issues with another republican, told voters all they needed to know.

"When you have a fellow republican from another county complaining about some of your actions, then that certainly does not leave a good taste in peoples' mouths," Bezdek says.

"And I've talked to a few attorneys who are not pleased with some of her behavior in the courtroom. I think they refer to that as judicial temperament," he added.

Then there's the hotly contested race for Precinct 4 County Commissioner, where Joe McComb and Brent Chesney are headed for a winner take all runoff election in May.

Bezdek says he was surprised to see a run off, thinking McComb would take the race.

"One of my sources indicated that because there was not much activity on the democratic side, that a certain number of democrats probably went over to vote for brent Chesney," Bezdek says.

Why did democrats do that? And why Chesney? The answer may be just because.

"Republicans did that for a number of years, and I think maybe some democrats are thinking it's payback time," Bezdek says.

Dr. Bezdek also said he was surprised by a couple other races, including one at the State level, the republican race for Leuitenant Governor.

In that race, incumbent David Dewhurst took second place to challenger Dan Patrick.

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Texas Primary Leaves Tea Party Influence Unsettled http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-primary-leaves-tea-party-influence-unsettled/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-primary-leaves-tea-party-influence-unsettled/ Election Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:36:16 AM Texas Primary Leaves Tea Party Influence Unsettled

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The first primary in what Republicans hope is a triumphant election year sent a message that U.S. Sen Ted Cruz and the tea party still wield considerable influence in one of the nation's most conservative states.

But to find out exactly how much, Texans will have to wait.

In a primary where an extraordinary number of statewide positions were up for grabs following Gov. Rick Perry's decision not to seek another term, some incumbent candidates successfully fought to beat back tea party challengers Tuesday. But several candidates who forced runoffs in May were either praised by the outspoken freshman senator, Cruz, or ran with his no-compromising swagger.

"In Texas, we will show the rest of the country what it means to be conservative," said GOP state Sen. Dan Patrick, who forced longtime Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst into a runoff, less than two years after Cruz beat Dewhurst in the Senate primary.

The primary was the first since Cruz barreled into the U.S. Senate in 2012 and yanked Republicans nationwide further right, and many watched results within Texas to see how strong his influence would be on the state's next generation of Republican leaders. Amid the Republican contests, however, is Wendy Davis, a rising star who has energized the state's Democratic base and is running for governor in November.

Davis, who catapulted to national political stardom last summer with a nearly 13-hour filibuster over abortion restrictions, vowed to topple two decades of GOP dominance in Texas. Though an underdog, she is the first female gubernatorial nominee in Texas since Ann Richards in 1994.

"I will be for all freedoms. Not just certain freedoms for certain people," Davis told supporters Tuesday night after formally securing the nomination, needling Republicans.

With Perry leaving the governor's mansion after 14 years, albeit mulling a second presidential run, Attorney General Greg Abbott coasted to the GOP nomination for the state's top job.

Warnings about Davis' star-making run for Texas governor dealt complacent conservatives a new reason to vote. So did a rare opportunity to select an entirely new stable of leaders.

Abbott, who only three weeks ago unapologetically campaigned with shock rocker Ted Nugent, never mentioned Davis in becoming the GOP's first new gubernatorial nominee other than Perry since George W. Bush in 1998.

"If you're looking for a way to get ahead, if you're looking for a way to succeed or elevate or advance yourself, then I'm your candidate," Abbott said.

Perry's decision to not seek re-election launched a stampede of 26 Republican candidates vying for six of Texas' top offices. Among them was George P. Bush, the 37-year-old nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who easily won the nomination for land commissioner in his political debut.

Not all tea party upstarts prevailed: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, two of the most powerful Texans in Washington, clobbered their longshot challengers. But others knocked out or were seriously threatening establishment Republicans in the statehouse, which in the past few years has already passed some of the most restrictive voter ID and abortion laws in the country.

Some candidates even started to mimic Cruz's unreserved style.

For Patrick, even some Republicans say he went too far this campaign by bemoaning an "invasion" of immigrants crossing into Texas. Cruz never backed Patrick but did call Sen. Ken Paxton, who's running for attorney general, a fighter against "Obamacare, voter ID and religious liberty." Paxton is now in a runoff.

Although Cruz made few public endorsements, among them was for Republican Konni Burton, who is running for Davis' state Senate seat and has followed Cruz's lead on various social issues.

Texas candidates willingly went along with Cruz and craved his endorsement.

But he was picky: Cornyn didn't even get the support of his fellow Texas senator, though he still routed Congressman Steve Stockman, who ran a bizarre campaign.

"I say they are not going far right enough," said Marlin Robinson, 56, after casting his primary ballot in Houston. "They need to go farther right as far as I'm concerned because I'm tired of this liberal crap that's running this country."

With Abbott and Davis advancing to the November ballot, the showdown is poised to become a record-shattering arm's race of fundraising in a Texas gubernatorial election.

Democrats set on breaking the nation's longest losing streak in races for statewide office, meanwhile, hoped a charismatic headliner in Davis would turn out long-dormant voters.

Her underdog campaign has raised $16 million so far behind a whopping 91,000 individual donors and big checks from abortion-rights groups.

"If people don't start supporting the Democratic Party and voting as a Democrat, instead of being a Democrat voting in the Republican primary, then we're never going to win races and we're never going to establish ourselves as a serious party here," said Janet Veal, 43, a student adviser at Texas Tech University who cast a ballot in Lubbock on Tuesday.

Some Texas GOP candidates pledged to further tighten some of the nation's strictest abortion laws and double down on the state's gay marriage ban - one of several state bans recently ruled unconstitutional by federal courts.

"I think we need to bolster the border security and get tougher on immigration," 38-year-old conservative Republican Glendon Paulk said after voting in Lubbock. "I'm all for people who come over here legally but the illegal immigrants, it doesn't make sense for them to get a break while we're working and having to pay taxes."

Frigid weather greeted some voters with a dangerous drive to the polls. Austin locations opened late because of icy conditions and extended voting for two hours. Turnout was light in many places, with election workers seen knitting or reading a newspaper in between voters' sporadic arrivals.

The last time Texas had so many open statewide seats was 2002, when Perry won his first full term. While Democrats ran mostly unopposed in their primaries, crowded fields in the Republican races also ended in runoffs for attorney general and agriculture commissioner.

Illinois holds the nation's next primary March 18, followed by a flood of state primaries in May and June.

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Associated Press writers Will Weissert and Chris Tomlinson in Austin, Juan Carlos Llorca in El Paso, Betsy Blaney in Lubbock, and Ramit Plushnick-Masti and Michael Graczyk in Houston contributed to this report.

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March Primary Election Results http://www.kristv.com/news/march-primary-election-results/ http://www.kristv.com/news/march-primary-election-results/ Election Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:35:01 AM March Primary Election Results

Results for races statewide, Nueces County, Kleberg County, Aransas County, San Patricio County, and Duval County.

Democrat Primary

CandidateVote CountVote PercentWinner
U.S. Senate Dem - Primary -- 8,742 of 8,745 precincts reporting (100%)
David Alameel238,59947%
Kesha Rogers110,15422%
Maxey Marie Scherr89,73118%
Harry Kim45,3229%
Fjet Fjetland23,1705%
Governor Dem Primary -- 8,742 of 8,745 precincts reporting (100%)
Wendy Davis432,02579%(X)
Ray Madrigal114,45521%
Railroad Commissioner Term Exp 2020 Dem - Primary -- 8,739 of 8,745 precincts reporting (100%)
Steve Brown297,78364%(X)
Dale Henry168,04536%
Agriculture Commissioner Dem - Primary -- 8,739 of 8,745 precincts reporting (100%)
Jim Hogan190,14039%
Kinky Friedman184,88138%
Hugh Fitzsimons114,93023%
Precinct Chair No. 115 Dem -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Isabel Noyola-Martin2742%
Mike Rendon2133%
John Morgan Stafford1625%
Precinct Chair No. 119 Dem -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Mary Jane Saenz7372%(X)
Leo Estrada2828%
148th District Judge Dem - Primary -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Augustin Rivera4,10755%(X)
Mark A. Gonzalez3,40945%
Justice of the Peace Pct 1 Pl 3 Dem - Primary -- 61 of 61 precincts reporting (100%)
Bobby Balderas1,83958%(X)
Eric J. Cantu1,30842%
Judge County Court No. 5 Dem - Primary -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Martha Huerta Quintanilla3,29844%
Melissa Madrigal2,60335%
Jackie Chapa1,58521%
Duval Co Justice of the Peace Pct 1 Dem - Primary -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Geraldita L. Martinez56268%(X)
Jose 'Frankie' Briones26832%
Duval Co. Commissioner Pct 3 Dem - Primary -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
David O. Garza80678%(X)
David H. Carrillo23122%
Duval Co. Justice of the Peace Pct 2 Dem - Primary -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Annabel Chapa-Canales42153%(X)
Evelyn M. Garcia37947%
Duval Co. Justice of the Peace Pct 3 Dem - Primary -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Aida C. Estraca58857%(X)
Frank A. Vaelio Jr.43543%
Duval Co. Justice of the Peace Pct 4 Dem - Primary -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Josie L. Fernandez30232%
Saul U. Hinojosa23725%
Pedro V. Martinez Jr.22424%
Ricardo Canales16918%
Duval County Commissioner Pct 4 Dem - Primary -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Gilberto Uribe Jr.51455%(X)
Arnoldo Cantu41945%
Duval County Judge Democratic - Primary -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Ricardo O. Carrillo1,92153%(X)
Roberto Elizondo1,68947%
Duval County Treasurer -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Sylvia Lazo1,79151%(X)
Araceli Bernal Lichtenberger1,70549%
Kleberg County Commissioner Pct 4 - Dem Primary -- 14 of 14 precincts reporting (100%)
Romeo Lomas44660%(X)
Faustino Erebia Jr15821%
Adan Delarosa Jr14419%
Kleberg County Commissioner Pct 2 - Dem Primary -- 14 of 14 precincts reporting (100%)
Joe G. Hinojose32061%(X)
Sonny Alvarez11823%
Ruben C. Canales8316%
Kleberg County Court-at-Law - Dem Primary -- 14 of 14 precincts reporting (100%)
Lupita Mendoza1,26955%(X)
Delma Rios-Salazar1,02145%
Kleberg County Judge - Dem Primary -- 14 of 14 precincts reporting (100%)
Juan M. Escobar1,20553%(X)
Pete DeLaGarza1,05047%
Kleberg County Justice of the Peace Pct 2 - Dem Primary -- 14 of 14 precincts reporting (100%)
Carmen Cortez35970%(X)
Ramon Rodriguez15430%
Kleberg County Justice of the Peace Pct 4 - Dem Primary -- 14 of 14 precincts reporting (100%)
Esequiel DeLaPaz50166%(X)
Ofelia Gutierrez25434%
San Patricio Co Justice of the Peace Pct 5 - Dem Primary -- 25 of 25 precincts reporting (100%)
Nere Villarreal62044%
Laura Mejia Maxwell52637%
Ricky Roman27719%
San Patricio County Court-at-Law - Democrat Primary -- 25 of 25 precincts reporting (100%)
Melissa Franco de Gonzales1,63580%(X)
Richard D. Zapata42120%
Dem Proposition 1 - Reform Immigration -- 8,739 of 8,745 precincts reporting (100%)
In Favor477,38486%(X)
Against74,67614%
Dem Proposition 2 - Living Wage -- 8,739 of 8,745 precincts reporting (100%)
In Favor498,17789%(X)
Against60,89911%
Dem Proposition 3 - Expand Medicaid -- 8,739 of 8,745 precincts reporting (100%)
In Favor495,60689%(X)
Against61,48911%
Dem Proposition 4 - Non-Discrimination -- 8,739 of 8,745 precincts reporting (100%)
In Favor487,98088%(X)
Against65,77212%



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Primary Election Results - 10:45pm http://www.kristv.com/news/primary-election-results-10-45pm/ http://www.kristv.com/news/primary-election-results-10-45pm/ Election Tue, 4 Mar 2014 7:14:49 PM Primary Election Results - 10:45pm

The Texas Primary election got off to a late start in parts of the state due to icy weather. Some polling places may be open late and delay complete results. Results contained below are from the Texas Secretary of State’s office and elections officials across the Coastal Bend.

Democrat Primary

CandidateVote CountVote PercentWinner
U.S. Senate Dem - Primary -- 5,840 of 8,745 precincts reporting (67%)
David Alameel251,70355%
Kesha Rogers87,42719%
Maxey Marie Scherr66,18514%
Harry Kim35,4968%
Fjet Fjetland18,2014%
Governor Dem Primary -- 5,740 of 8,745 precincts reporting (66%)
Wendy Davis340,49479%(X)
Ray Madrigal89,22921%
Railroad Commissioner Term Exp 2020 Dem - Primary -- 4,440 of 8,745 precincts reporting (51%)
Steve Brown213,33164%(X)
Dale Henry120,72136%
Agriculture Commissioner Dem - Primary -- 4,440 of 8,745 precincts reporting (51%)
Jim Hogan138,67540%
Kinky Friedman130,10637%
Hugh Fitzsimons80,91923%
Precinct Chair No. 115 Dem -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Isabel Noyola-Martin2742%
Mike Rendon2133%
John Morgan Stafford1625%
Precinct Chair No. 119 Dem -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Mary Jane Saenz7372%(X)
Leo Estrada2828%
148th District Judge Dem - Primary -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Augustin Rivera4,10755%(X)
Mark A. Gonzalez3,40945%
Justice of the Peace Pct 1 Pl 3 Dem - Primary -- 61 of 61 precincts reporting (100%)
Bobby Balderas1,83958%(X)
Eric J. Cantu1,30842%
Judge County Court No. 5 Dem - Primary -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Martha Huerta Quintanilla3,29844%
Melissa Madrigal2,60335%
Jackie Chapa1,58521%
Duval Co Justice of the Peace Pct 1 Dem - Primary -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Geraldita L. Martinez56268%(X)
Jose 'Frankie' Briones26832%
Duval Co. Commissioner Pct 3 Dem - Primary -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
David O. Garza80678%(X)
David H. Carrillo23122%
Duval Co. Justice of the Peace Pct 2 Dem - Primary -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Annabel Chapa-Canales42153%
Evelyn M. Garcia37947%
Duval Co. Justice of the Peace Pct 3 Dem - Primary -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Aida C. Estraca58857%(X)
Frank A. Vaelio Jr.43543%
Duval Co. Justice of the Peace Pct 4 Dem - Primary -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Josie L. Fernandez30232%
Saul U. Hinojosa23725%
Pedro V. Martinez Jr.22424%
Ricardo Canales16918%
Duval County Commissioner Pct 4 Dem - Primary -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Gilberto Uribe Jr.51455%(X)
Arnoldo Cantu41945%
Duval County Judge Democratic - Primary -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Ricardo O. Carrillo1,92153%(X)
Roberto Elizondo1,68947%
Duval County Treasurer -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Sylvia Lazo1,79151%
Araceli Bernal Lichtenberger1,70549%
Dem Proposition 1 - Reform Immigration -- 4,440 of 8,745 precincts reporting (51%)
In Favor337,77886%(X)
Against53,67414%
Dem Proposition 2 - Living Wage -- 4,440 of 8,745 precincts reporting (51%)
In Favor355,67589%(X)
Against42,77611%
Dem Proposition 3 - Expand Medicaid -- 4,440 of 8,745 precincts reporting (51%)
In Favor353,82989%(X)
Against43,86111%
Dem Proposition 4 - Non-Discrimination -- 4,440 of 8,745 precincts reporting (51%)
In Favor347,25988%(X)
Against47,31112%


Republican Primary

CandidateVote CountVote PercentWinner
U.S. Senate GOP - Primary -- 5,583 of 8,829 precincts reporting (63%)
John Cornyn557,32357%
Steve Stockman199,43120%
Dwayne Stovall112,63111%
Linda Vega40,7264%
Ken Cope28,0953%
Reid Reasor16,9092%
Chris Mapp19,3562%
Curt Cleaver10,1961%
Governor GOP - Primary -- 5,404 of 8,829 precincts reporting (61%)
Greg Abbott991,11191%(X)
Lisa Fritsch50,9735%
Miriam Martinez28,4063%
SECEDE Kilgore15,2371%
Lieutenant Governor GOP - Primary -- 5,181 of 8,829 precincts reporting (59%)
Dan Patrick444,26442%
David Dewhurst301,40328%
Todd Staples188,49318%
Jerry Patterson130,36612%
Attorney General GOP - Primary -- 5,181 of 8,829 precincts reporting (59%)
Ken Paxton448,02544%
Dan Branch340,97633%
Barry Smitherman231,87423%
Supreme Court Chief Justice GOP - Primary -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
Nathan Hecht518,27659%(X)
Robert Talton354,53641%
Supreme Court Place 6 GOP - Primary -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
Jeff Brown615,14872%(X)
Joe Pool238,07028%
Supreme Court Place 8 GOP - Primary -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
Phil Johnson540,10063%(X)
Sharon McCally313,73937%
Railroad Commissioner Term Exp 2020 GOP - Primary -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
Wayne Christian369,46842%
Ryan Sitton275,06831%
Becky Berger146,71617%
Malachi Boyuls86,94010%
Land Commissioner GOP - Primary -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
George P. Bush702,49474%(X)
David Watts248,65126%
Agriculture Commissioner GOP - Primary -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
Sid Miller315,44636%
Tommy Merritt187,29221%
Eric Opiela140,76216%
Joe Cotten130,96715%
Allen Carnes109,18312%
Comptroller GOP - Primary -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
Glenn Hegar446,61949%
Harvey Hilderbran248,35427%
Debra Medina171,61919%
Raul Torres42,6105%
105th District Judge GOP - Primary -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Jack William Pulcher5,67353%(X)
Angelica E. Hernandez5,03147%
13th Ct of Criminal Appeals Pl 6 GOP - Primary -- 533 of 765 precincts reporting (70%)
Doug Norman20,89364%
Bradford M. Condit11,68736%
Judge County Court No. 5 GOP - Primary -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Timothy Jordan McCoy7,75982%(X)
Adam P. Rodrigue1,76118%
Nueces Co Comm Pct 4 GOP - Primary -- 20 of 20 precincts reporting (100%)
Brent Chesney2,57347%
Joe McComb2,09739%
Norm Baker76614%
Nueces Co Pct Chair No. 116 GOP - Primary -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Jackie S. Hodges11965%(X)
Kay Lund6535%
Nueces Co Pct Chair No. 124 GOP - Primary -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
C. Anne Bauman7452%(X)
Jason S. Whiteside6848%
Nueces Co Pct Chair No. 8 GOP - Primary -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Edward Lewis8357%(X)
Carmen Calderone Jr.6343%
Nueces Co. Chairman GOP - Primary -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Michael Bergsma7,12170%(X)
Richard Gomez3,05030%
Criminal Appeals Court Place 3 GOP - Primary -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
Bert Richardson505,60361%(X)
Barbara Walther321,60439%
Criminal Appeals Court Place 4 GOP - Primary -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
Kevin Yeary450,08655%
Richard Davis227,99928%
Jani Jo Wood141,68817%
Criminal Appeals Court Place 9 GOP - Primary -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
David Newell420,00251%
Bud Kirkendall397,95449%
Aransas Co Court at Law Judge GOP - Primary -- 6 of 6 precincts reporting (100%)
Richard Bianchi1,71653%(X)
William Adams1,49547%
Aransas County Attorney GOP - Primary -- 6 of 6 precincts reporting (100%)
Kristen Barnedey Blanford2,07266%(X)
Steve Fisher1,07234%
GOP Proposition 1 - Religious Expression -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
In Favor969,99497%(X)
Against26,4493%
GOP Proposition 2 - Expand CHL Locations -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
In Favor859,48787%(X)
Against127,31713%
GOP Proposition 3 - End Franchise Tax -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
In Favor853,18289%(X)
Against110,26311%
GOP Proposition 4 - Welfare Drug Tests -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
In Favor949,84095%(X)
Against47,8085%
GOP Proposition 5 - Official Privileges -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
In Favor994,42899%(X)
Against6,4011%
GOP Proposition 6 - Repeal Obamacare -- 4,195 of 8,829 precincts reporting (48%)
In Favor929,52893%(X)
Against68,2157%


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Texas Polling Places Open Late Due to Cold Weather http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-polling-places-open-late-due-to-cold-weather/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-polling-places-open-late-due-to-cold-weather/ Election Tue, 4 Mar 2014 4:38:57 PM Texas Polling Places Open Late Due to Cold Weather

AUSTIN - The cold weather has had an impact on voting in some parts of Texas. Icy conditions forced Travis County officials to delay the opening of some polling sites until 11-am.

Election officials in the affected areas continue to monitor the weather. The Secretary of State's office has advised polling places that opened late to plan on staying open past 7 pm to allow adequate time for people to vote.

However, keeping polling places open after 7 pm will require a court order. The Secretary of State's office says it's working on that.

 


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Surprises, Runoffs Likely in Texas Primary Races http://www.kristv.com/news/surprises-runoffs-likely-in-texas-primary-races/ http://www.kristv.com/news/surprises-runoffs-likely-in-texas-primary-races/ Election Mon, 3 Mar 2014 4:28:02 PM Surprises, Runoffs Likely in Texas Primary Races

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry isn't on the ballot, but a new member of the Bush dynasty is. Wendy Davis can clinch a feat no woman has achieved in Texas since Ann Richards. Heavyweight Republicans are trying to survive, and a new voter ID law gets a major test.

Throw in a March blast of winter weather that could dampen turnout, and Texas' primary elections Tuesday figure to be anything but ordinary.

The results will begin the biggest reshuffling of state power in a decade. Although most of the competitive primary races are on the Republican side, Davis' bid for governor headlines a roster of underdog Democrats girding instead for the Nov. 4.

That's the only day that matters to Davis and Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott in the year's marquee showdown. Neither has a competitive primary, leaving Davis poised to become the first female gubernatorial nominee in Texas since Richards in 1994, and Abbott the first new GOP nominee after 14 years of Perry.

But a frigid forecast could leave voters with a dangerous - or at least dreary - drive to the polls. Meteorologist say freezing rain overnight Tuesday could sock Central Texas, the Houston area should be wary of elevated roads and a biting cold will be felt most everywhere.

"It doesn't take much when you're not used to winter weather," National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh said.

Unlike Davis and Abbott, few other Texas candidates have the luxury of uneventful primaries.

The conservative star power of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has GOP candidates - from local races to statewide offices - jostling farther right and wooing voters with vows to emulate Cruz's no-compromise style. Even U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, two of the state's most powerful Republicans, have spent money campaigning against longshot challengers who say the incumbents have grown moderate in Washington.

But changes are far more likely in Austin. Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who lost to Cruz for the Senate seat in 2012, appears headed for his first runoff in 11 years on the job.

Millions of dollars have been spent between Dewhurst and three prominent challengers: state Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. The race has been the nastiest and most competitive this primary season, with the four all taking aim at President Barack Obama in television ads when they're not sniping at each other.

Primary runoffs are set for May 27. Settling GOP nominations for attorney general, comptroller and agriculture commissioner may also have to wait until then.

"When there's a fair amount of negative out there it makes the electorate very unpredictable," Patterson said Monday. "You couldn't accurately poll it - or you could and that poll would be good for probably about four hours."

Noticeably absent this primary season has been Perry, who announced last summer he wouldn't seek re-election but continues mulling a 2016 run for president. The longest-serving governor in Texas history hasn't endorsed in major races or even heard his name mentioned much in campaigns by his fellow Republicans.

They've instead talked about the future of the Texas GOP, which is expected to include George P. Bush in a prominent role. The 37-year-old nephew of former President George W. Bush, and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is running for land commissioner.

"Help is on the way," Bush told supporters in El Paso on Monday. "After this primary season, we will go out there and fight the good fight."

For Democrats, who haven't won a statewide election in 20 years, the primary serves little but an early test of voter strength. A team of Obama campaign veterans launched the group Battleground Texas last year to give Democrats a chance and will watch turnout Tuesday to gauge their efforts so far.

Another race being closely watched Tuesday night involves U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, who at age 90 is the oldest member of Congress. Five GOP challengers are vying against him in an effort to deny him an 18th term.

Election administrators say the primary will be the first real test of the state's new voter ID law, which the Republican-controlled Legislature passed in 2011 but wasn't enacted until last summer amid legal challenges. No major problems or controversies flared when the law debuted in November during a low-turnout, off-year election.

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Associated Press Writers Will Weissert in Austin and Juan Carlos Llorca in El Paso contributed to this report.

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Early Voting Turnout Low as Usual http://www.kristv.com/news/early-voting-turnout-low-as-usual/ http://www.kristv.com/news/early-voting-turnout-low-as-usual/ Election Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:51:36 AM Early Voting Turnout Low as Usual

CORPUS CHRISTI - About 11,000 showed up at the polls during early voting for this year's primary election, based on the latest numbers from the county.

That's about six percent of the 184,470 registered voters in Nueces County and is roughly the same percentage seen during the 2012 Presidential Primaries.

Primary voters vote along party lines and this year's Democratic ballot includes a statewide proposition calling on the state to expand medicaid coverage, among other propositions.

The Republican ballot asks whether the state should move to protect prayer in public places and move to expand where concealed weapons can be carried.

Tomorrow is primary election day - be sure to tune into KRIS-6 News for all your election updates.

 

 


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Primaries Offer 1st Major Test of Voter ID Laws http://www.kristv.com/news/primaries-offer-1st-major-test-of-voter-id-laws/ http://www.kristv.com/news/primaries-offer-1st-major-test-of-voter-id-laws/ Election Fri, 28 Feb 2014 1:39:38 PM Primaries Offer 1st Major Test of Voter ID Laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots - the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

The first election is March 4 in Texas, followed by nine other primaries running through early September that will set the ballot for the midterm elections in November, when voters decide competitive races for governor and control of Congress.

The primaries will be closely watched by both sides of the voter ID debate, which intensified in 2011, the year after Republicans swept to power in dozens of statehouses.

Activists and political groups have been scrambling to get ID cards for voters who don't have them.

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Attack Ads Mark McCombs-Chesney-Baker Race http://www.kristv.com/news/attack-ads-mark-mccombs-chesney-baker-race/ http://www.kristv.com/news/attack-ads-mark-mccombs-chesney-baker-race/ Election Tue, 25 Feb 2014 6:19:32 PM Attack Ads Mark McCombs-Chesney-Baker Race

CORPUS CHRISTI - One of the ads paints the longtime incumbent, Joe McComb, as a clownish political hustler.


The other lays the death of an 88-year-old woman at the feet of challenger Brent Chesney.

There are two challengers in the Republican primary for Joe McComb's seat on Nueces County Commissioner's Court but only one - Chesney - is drawing McComb's attention.

McComb's campaign last week started airing a 30-second ad stating Chesney was soft on crime while he was a county juvenile court judge. 

We brought the candidates in today at different times to get their first hand reactions to the ads.

Chesney watched with a level of subdued disgust.

He said he's got thick skin but the ad crosses the line.

"Forget for a minute that it's inaccurate and a lie," Chesney told KRIS-6 today. "The mere fact that he's willing to politicize this tragedy is sinking to a new level in Nueces County politics."

Chesney's ad, while lighter, paints McComb as a man who lies not only about his track record but his opponent while pandering to the Democratic party.

McComb said that he'd not seen the entire ad before today.

He laughed when he watched it.

"Pretty juvenile but I guess if anyone knows anything about a lie, I guess (Chesney) is the perfect example to be doing that," McComb said. "I mean, everything he said in that ad is absolutely false."

But the ads reveal the importance of the race for a county seat which encompasses Southside neighborhoods, Flour Bluff and the Island.

County commissioners have a lot of power - none so important as their vote to raise or lower - what people pay in property taxes each year.

Norm Baker is the third candidate.

He said he could spend his own money but won't.

Ads like these are, in his words, "in poor taste."

But maybe they'll work to his advantage.

"Well, there may be some negative reaction to that and maybe help me out ...I dunno...I guess we'll find out at election time."


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Abbott Makes Campaign Stop in Corpus Christi http://www.kristv.com/news/abbott-makes-campaign-stop-in-corpus-christi/ http://www.kristv.com/news/abbott-makes-campaign-stop-in-corpus-christi/ Election Fri, 21 Feb 2014 5:29:18 PM Abbott Makes Campaign Stop in Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made a campaign stop here in Corpus Christi. He's seeking the Republican nomination for Governor.

This afternoon, he spoke with several republicans at the Dos Comales restaurant about the importance of voter identification laws, protecting the environment and economic growth in Texas.

"A guy in a wheelchair can go faster than traffic in Houston or maybe right here in Corpus Christi. Elect me as governor and I will get Texas moving again," said Abbott.

Early voting for the March 4th primary election is already underway.

 


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Early Voting Begins Tuesday for Texas Primaries http://www.kristv.com/news/early-voting-begins-tuesday-for-texas-primaries/ http://www.kristv.com/news/early-voting-begins-tuesday-for-texas-primaries/ Election Tue, 18 Feb 2014 6:15:07 AM Associated Press Early Voting Begins Tuesday for Texas Primaries

AUSTIN - Texans can begin casting ballots today for the Texas Democratic and Republican primaries.

Secretary of State Nandita Berry says voters can cast early ballots in the March 4 primaries through Feb. 28. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Friday.

Photo identification is required to cast a ballot in person.

The general election will be held Nov. 4.

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Online: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/
http://votetexas.gov/

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Feb 3rd Deadline to Register as a Voter for Primary Election http://www.kristv.com/news/feb-3rd-deadline-to-register-as-a-voter-for-primary-election/ http://www.kristv.com/news/feb-3rd-deadline-to-register-as-a-voter-for-primary-election/ Election Thu, 16 Jan 2014 3:04:18 PM Feb 3rd Deadline to Register as a Voter for Primary Election

CORPUS CHRISTI - The deadline to register to vote in the March 2014 primary election is Monday, February 3rd.

Early voting for the primary election begins on Tuesday, February 18th, and ends on Friday, February 28th. The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday March 4th.

If you have questions concerning your eligibility to vote, or registration status, please contact the Voter Registrar office Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00pm at 888-0404.

 


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Wendy Davis Visits Texas A&M Corpus Christi http://www.kristv.com/news/wendy-davis-visits-texas-aandm-corpus-christi/ http://www.kristv.com/news/wendy-davis-visits-texas-aandm-corpus-christi/ Election Fri, 10 Jan 2014 2:47:32 PM CORPUS CHRISTI - State Senator and democratic candidate for Governor Wendy Davis made a campaign stop in Corpus Christi today.

She visited the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center at Texas A&M Corpus Christi to discuss the facility's role in growing the Texas economy.

Davis is criss-crossing the state as she continues to campaign.

 


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Davis to Unveil Texas Education Proposals http://www.kristv.com/news/davis-to-unveil-texas-education-proposals/ http://www.kristv.com/news/davis-to-unveil-texas-education-proposals/ Election Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:18:17 PM Davis to Unveil Texas Education Proposals

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - State Sen. Wendy Davis is proposing several ideas to recruit new public school teachers in Texas, including guaranteeing admission to state colleges for high school juniors in the top fifth of their classes.

The Democratic front-runner for governor announced the first of her education proposals Thursday in North Texas.

Davis says high school students in the top 20 percent of their classes should be guaranteed admission to the University of Texas at Austin or other state institutions and a job teaching in a state school after graduation.

In a campaign press release, she said the state should forgive one year of student loan debt for every teacher who works two years in a qualifying school. She also wants to boost the number of teacher's aides and school counselors in the state.

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Marine Lt. Colonel to Challenge Farenthold http://www.kristv.com/news/marine-lt-colonel-to-challenge-farenthold/ http://www.kristv.com/news/marine-lt-colonel-to-challenge-farenthold/ Election Mon, 9 Dec 2013 5:01:20 PM CORPUS CHRISTI - Marine Lt. Col. Wesley Craig Reed, a Democrat, today filed the paperwork in Austin to challenge for U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold's seat in the U.S. House.

Nueces County Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Ramirez says Reed, a Marine Corps reservist, traveled to Austin on Monday to turn in his candidacy paperwork.

It's a requirement for all federal office candidates.

Reed is a newcomer to politics but has deep roots in Nueces County. Ramirez said Reed's wife is a Flour Bluff High School graduate.

The couple live there, Ramirez said.

Reed is, as of 5 p.m. today, the only challenger from either major party to enter the race for Farenthold's seat.

The primary filing deadline is today at 6 p.m., CST.  

Other notable candidates:

Democrat Mary Helen Berlanga is challening for Loyd Neal's seat as Nueces County Judge.

Republican Brent Chesney is one of two challengers vying for Nueces County Precinct Four Commissioner Joe McCombs' seat.

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Berlanga Running for Nueces County Judge http://www.kristv.com/news/berlanga-running-for-nueces-county-judge/ http://www.kristv.com/news/berlanga-running-for-nueces-county-judge/ Election Mon, 9 Dec 2013 3:56:58 PM CORPUS CHRISTI - Attorney Mary Helen Berlanga files paperwork to run for Nueces County Judge in the March 2014 primary.

As of this afternoon, Berlanga is the only Democrat listed to run for County Judge. The deadline expires at 6 p.m. today.

Berlanga's resume includes serving on the State Board of Education for 30 years. A newly opened school in CCISD is named in her honor.

Republican Loyd Neal has held the position since 2007.

 


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Pauken Withdraws from Texas Gubernatorial Race http://www.kristv.com/news/pauken-withdraws-from-texas-gubernatorial-race/ http://www.kristv.com/news/pauken-withdraws-from-texas-gubernatorial-race/ Election Thu, 5 Dec 2013 3:01:36 PM Pauken Withdraws from Texas Gubernatorial Race

PORT ARANSAS - Former Texas Workforce Commission Chairman and Port Aransas resident Tom Pauken pulled the plug on his campaign for the Republican nomination for Texas governor.

He announced his candidacy in July, but with the filing deadline a few days away, Pauken announced via press release that it was unrealistic for him to continue his campaign.

He specifically cited lack of financial and organizational support. In a statement, Pauken said that while he still feels Texas needs a new style of leadership he believes now is the not right time for him to run for governor.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is considered to be the front-runner for the Republican nomination in next year's primary.

 


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