Texas attorney general election, 2014

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Texas Attorney General Election

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

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 will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Greg Abbott (R) was first elected in 2002 and is eligible to run for re-election. However, he is running for governor instead.[1]

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

Lost primary or at convention

Declined


Race background

After the primary on March 4, Republican lobbyists began to pressure the three second-place candidates involved in run-offs to drop out of their respective races and decide the Republican nominations early. Incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Representative 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 run-offs 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]

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

Results

Primary elections

Texas Attorney General Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Barry Smitherman 22.1% 281,050
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Branch 33.5% 426,561
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Paxton 44.4% 566,080
Total Votes 1,273,691
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Runoff

Texas Attorney General Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Dan Branch 36.4% 265,963
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Paxton 63.6% 465,395
Total Votes 731,358
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Polls

Primary

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
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

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