How Election Day favored TAR-endorsed candidates
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.
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