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How Election Day favored TAR-endorsed candidates

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The Texas flag waving in the wind.

11/05/2014 | Author: Editorial Staff

The historic 2014 general election could be summed up in three points: across-the-board changes in statewide offices, Republican dominance, and a big step forward for Texas roadway funding. Voter turnout continued to be low statewide with only 33% of registered voters casting ballots—a decrease from the 38% who voted in the last gubernatorial election. Here's a recap of the outcomes: 

A successful first step for transportation
The big news from Election Day is a resounding win for statewide Proposition 1, which Texas voters approved with nearly 80% of the vote. It's estimated that Proposition 1 will generate $1.7 billion dollars for non-tolled roadway construction in 2015. 

Historic change for statewide offices
Every major statewide office will have a new occupant next year. According to the Legislative Library, the state has not seen an across-the-board change in statewide elected officials since 1906. The Texas Association of REALTORS® looks forward to working with these new office-holders: 

  • Greg Abbott, governor-elect
  • Dan Patrick, lieutenant governor-elect
  • Ken Paxton, attorney general-elect
  • Glenn Hegar, comptroller-elect
  • George P. Bush, commissioner-elect of the General Land Office
  • Sid Miller, commissioner-elect of the Department of Agriculture
  • Ryan Sitton, commissioner-elect of the Texas Railroad Commission

Big wins for TAR-endorsed candidates

  • In the Texas House, TAR endorsed candidates in 144 races and ended with 142 wins. 
  • In the Texas Senate, TAR took a position in 13 races, going undefeated.

A breakdown by party

  • State elections continued to be dominated by Republicans—every statewide Republican candidate won with at least 58% of the vote. 
  • There will be 98 Republicans and 52 Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives.
  • There will be 19 Republicans,11 Democrats, and one vacancy (comptroller-elect Glenn Hegar, R-Katy) in the Texas Senate.

Categories: Governmental Affairs
Tags: elections, governmental affairs, political affairs

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