Texas Attorney General election, 2014

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Texas Attorney General Election

Primary Date:
March 4, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Ken Paxton Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Greg Abbott Republican Party
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Texas State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
GovernorLt. GovernorAttorney General
Down Ballot
Comptroller, Land Commissioner, Commissioner of Agriculture, Railroad Commissioner

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The Texas Attorney General election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Greg Abbott (R) was first elected in 2002 and was running for governor instead of seeking re-election.[1] The race to replace Abbott featured Republican candidate Ken Paxton, Democratic candidate Sam Houston, Libertarian Party candidate Jamie Balagia and Green Party candidate Jamar Osborne. Ken Paxton won election to a four-year term in office.

Texas is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party. At the primary, they may choose which party primary ballot to vote on, but in order to vote they must sign a pledge declaring they will not vote in another party's primary or convention that year.[2][3]

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Ken Paxton - State Senator[4]Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Sam Houston - Attorney[5]
Libertarian Party Jamie Balagia[6][7]
Green Party Jamar Osborne[8]

Filed for other office

Republican Party Greg Abbott - Incumbent

Lost primary or at convention

Republican Party Dan Branch - State Representative[9]
Republican Party Barry Smitherman - Current state Railroad Commissioner[10]
Libertarian Party Tom Glass - Vice Chairman of the Texas Libertarian Party[11][7]

Declined

Democratic Party Carlos Uresti - State Senator[12]

Results

General election

Attorney General of Texas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Paxton 58.8% 2,742,646
     Democrat Sam Houston 38% 1,773,108
     Libertarian Jamie Balagia 2.5% 118,186
     Green Jamar Osborne 0.6% 29,590
Total Votes 4,663,530
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

Runoff

Texas Attorney General Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Paxton 65% 489,586
Dan Branch 35% 263,194
Total Votes 752,780
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

Primary election

Republican primary

Texas Attorney General Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Paxton 44.5% 569,034
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Branch 33.4% 428,034
Barry Smitherman 22.1% 282,701
Total Votes 1,279,769
Election Results via http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe Texas Secretary of State].

Democratic primary

  • Uncontested

Race background

After the primary on March 4, Republican lobbyists began to pressure the three second-place candidates involved in state executive runoffs to drop out of their respective races and decide the Republican nominations early. Incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Rep. Dan Branch, second-place finishers for lieutenant governor and attorney general respectively, refused to do so and said that they would continue campaigning. The second-place Republican running for comptroller, however, dropped out, reducing the number of Republican runoffs to two.[13]

Runoff ad controversy

The runoff between Dan Branch and Ken Paxton became the focus of controversy in late May when a Virginia non-profit, American Dream Initiative, began to run television advertisements against Paxton without disclosing its funding or backers. The ad highlighted a recent fine levied against Paxton by the Texas State Securities Board for improper investment-related registration and disclosure. The Paxton campaign alleged that the $532,000 ad campaign demonstrated collusion with the Branch campaign that violated federal election laws. The Branch campaign denied breaking either federal or state election laws.[14]

Polls

General election

Attorney General of Texas
Poll Ken Paxton (R) Sam Houston (D)Jamar Osborne (G)Jamie Balagia (L)Margin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune
October 10-19, 2014
54%34%8%4%+/-3.33866
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Primary election

Texas Attorney General - Republican Primary
Poll Barry Smitherman Ken PaxtonDan BranchMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
February 7-17, 2014
19%39%42%+/-5.37543
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Texas Attorney General - Republican Primary
Poll Barry Smitherman Ken PaxtonDan BranchDon't KnowMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
October 18-27, 2013
11%10%5%74%+/-5.371,200
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Past elections

2010

Texas Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Abbott Incumbent 64.1% 3,151,064
     Democratic Barbara Ann Radnofsky 33.7% 1,655,859
     Libertarian Jon Roland 2.3% 112,118
Total Votes 4,919,041
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State

2006

On November 7, 2006, Greg Abbott won re-election to the office of Texas Attorney General. He defeated David Van Os (D) and Jon Roland (L) in the general election.

Texas Attorney General, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Abbott Incumbent 59.5% 2,556,063
     Democratic David Van Os 37.2% 1,599,069
     Libertarian Jon Roland 3.3% 139,668
Total Votes 4,294,800
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State

2002

Texas Attorney General, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Abbott Incumbent 56.7% 2,542,184
     Democratic Kirk Watson 41.1% 1,841,359
     Libertarian Jon Roland 1.3% 56,880
     Green David Keith Cobb 0.9% 41,560
Total Votes 4,481,983
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $17,677,754 during the election. This information was last updated on April 9, 2015.[15]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
Ken PaxtonRepublican Party Texas Attorney General Won $8,337,345
Dan BranchRepublican Party Texas Attorney General Defeated $7,868,501
Barry SmithermanRepublican Party Texas Attorney General Defeated $877,350
Sam HoustonDemocratic Party Texas Attorney General Defeated $594,538
Jamie BalagiaLibertarian Party Texas Attorney General Defeated $20
Jamar OsborneGreen Party Texas Attorney General Defeated $0
Grand Total Raised $17,677,754

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
December 9, 2013 Filing deadline for candidates
March 4, 2014 Primary election
May 27, 2014 Primary run-off election
November 4, 2014 General election
January 20, 2015 Inauguration

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