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Texas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

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Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
David Dewhurst 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 lieutenant gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent David Dewhurst (R) was first elected in 2002 and will seek a fourth term as lieutenant governor in the 2014 election.[1]

Texas has a mixed primary system, in which 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]

Candidates

Lost primary

Withdrew

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.[14]

Key dates

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 election

Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dewhurst Incumbent 28.3% 376,164
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick 41.5% 550,742
Jerry Patterson 12.5% 165,777
Todd Staples 17.8% 235,972
Total Votes 1,328,655
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.


Campaign ads

Dan Patrick

David Dewhurst

Money in the race

For the reporting period ending June 30, 2013, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples had $3 million in his campaign fund - the most of the four Republican candidates. Sen. Dan Patrick had $2.1 million, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst had $1.73 million.[15] Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson had $1.3 million cash-on-hand, raising $417,000 in the last two weeks of June.[16]

Polls

Primary

Lt. Governor of Texas - Republican Primary
Poll David Dewhurst Dan PatrickJerry PattersonTodd StaplesDon't KnowMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
October 18-27, 2013
26%13%10%5%46%+/-5.021,200
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
Lt. Governor of Texas - Republican Primary
Poll David Dewhurst Dan PatrickJerry PattersonTodd StaplesMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
February 7-17, 2014
38%31%14%16%+/-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

General

Dewhurst vs. Van de Putte

Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Poll David Dewhurst (R) Leticia Van de Putte (D)Don't Know/NAMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
November 1-4, 2013
46%37%17%+/-4.4500
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
February 7-17, 2014
50%32%17%+/-3.281,200
AVERAGES 32% 23% 11.33% +/-3.93 753
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

Van de Putte vs. Various

Lieutenant Governor of Texas University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, Feb 7-17, 2014
ResponseTodd StaplesDan PatrickJerry Patterson
Percent of the vote414141
Leticia Van de Putte percent of the vote293230
Undecided302829
Number polled 1,200
Margin of error +/-3.28


Texas Lieutenant Governor - Patrick and Van de Putte
Poll Dan Patrick Leticia Van de PutteNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
April 10-13, 2014
51%35%14%+/-4.1559
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

See also

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