Texas gubernatorial election, 2014

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Texas Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Rick Perry Republican Party
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The Texas gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Rick Perry (R) was eligible for re-election in 2014 but announced on July 8, 2013 that he would not seek re-election.[1] The winner of the election will serve a four-year term in office.

The race to replace Perry in the governor's mansion includes Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), state Sen. Wendy Davis, Libertarian Party candidate Kathie Glass and Green Party candidate Brandon Parmer. Supporters of Abbott and Davis have spent significant amounts of money on ads with more than $5 million spent during a two-week period in September alone. Abbott has held a steady lead in polls taken throughout the summer and fall, as detailed in the polls section. Davis has an uphill climb to win the race, as Republicans have held the office since 1995 and Rick Perry won three elections in a row as shown in the past elections section.

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

Democratic Party Wendy Davis - State Senator[4]
Republican Party Greg Abbott - Texas Attorney General[5][6][7]
Libertarian Party Kathie Glass - Houston lawyer and 2010 gubernatorial candidate[8][9]
Green Party Brandon Parmer[10]

Lost primary or at convention

Democratic Party Reynaldo "Ray" Madrigal[11]
Republican Party SECEDE Kilgore - Conservative Activist and Telecommunications Worker[12]
Republican Party Miriam Martinez - Media personality, former Texas House candidate.[13]
Republican Party Lisa Fritsch - Author and conservative radio host[14]
Libertarian Party Lee Wrights - Libertarian activist, writer and editor[15][9]
Libertarian Party Robert J. Bell[16][9]
Libertarian Party Star Locke[16][9]

Withdrew

Republican Party Tom Pauken - Former Texas Workforce Commissioner and state Republican Party Chairman[17][18]
Libertarian Party Gene Chapman - Gandhian Minister, Anti-Tax Activist and '08 Presidential Candidate[19][20]
Libertarian Party Robert Lynn Garett[16]

Declined to run

Republican Party Rick Perry - Incumbent[21]
Independent Debra Medina - Tea Party activist[22]

Results

Primary election

Republican primary

Texas Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Abbott 91.5% 1,219,831
SECEDE Kilgore 1.4% 19,021
Miriam Martinez 2.7% 35,416
Lisa Fritsch 4.4% 58,742
Total Votes 1,333,010
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Democratic primary

Texas Gubernatorial Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Davis 79.1% 432,025
Reynaldo "Ray" Madrigal 20.9% 114,455
Total Votes 546,480
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.


Polls

General election

General election
All candidates

Governor of Texas
Poll Greg Abbott (R) Wendy Davis (D)Brandon Parmer (G)Kathie Glass (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
KHOU-TV/Houston Public Media
September 22-October 16, 2014
47%32%1.4%0.7%17%+/-3.5781
University of Texas/Texas Tribune
October 10-19, 2014
54%38%6%2%0%+/-3.33866
AVERAGES 50.5% 35% 3.7% 1.35% 8.5% +/-3.42 823.5
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.

Major-party candidates

Governor of Texas
Poll Greg Abbott (R) Wendy Davis (D)Other/Don't Know/NAMargin of ErrorSample Size
Texas Lyceum Poll
September 6-20, 2013
29%21%50%+/-3.47798
Public Policy Polling
November 1-4, 2013
50%35%15%+/-4.4500
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
February 7-17, 2014
47%36%17%+/-3.281,200
Rasmussen Reports
March 3-4, 2014
53%41%5%+/-4.5500
Emerson College Polling Society
March 7-12, 2014
49%42%9%+/-4.4404
Public Policy Polling
April 10-13, 2014
51%37%13%+/-4.1559
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
May 30 - June 8, 2014
44%32%24%+/-2.831,200
YouGov
July 5-24, 2014
54%37%9%+/-04,320
Rasmussen Reports
August4-5, 2014
48%40%12%+/-3.5850
YouGov
August 18-September2, 2014
56%38%6%+/-24,189
Rasmussen Reports
October 1-2, 2014
51%40%10%+/-3.5840
AVERAGES 48.36% 36.27% 15.45% +/-3.27 1,396.36
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.

Hypothetical match-ups

Governor of Texas
Poll Greg Abbott (R) Wendy Davis (D)Kathie Glass (L)Don't Know/NAMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
October 18-27, 2013
40%35%5%20%+/-3.331,200
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.
Governor of Texas
Poll Greg Abbott (R) Wendy Davis (D)Debra Medina (I)Don't Know/NAMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
November 1-4, 2013
47%37%9%8%+/-4.4500
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

Governor of Texas - Republican Primary
Poll Greg Abbott Miriam MartinezLisa FritschSECEDE KilgoreMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
February 7-17, 2014
88%5%5%2%+/-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.
Governor of Texas - Republican Primary
Poll Greg Abbott Lisa FritschTom PaukenMiriam MartinezLarry KilgoreDon't KnowMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
October 18-27, 2013
50%3%2%2%1%42%+/-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.

Democratic primary

Governor of Texas - Democratic Primary
Poll Wendy Davis Ray MadrigalMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
February 7-17, 2014
85%15%+/-6.06381
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.

Campaign media

General election

Greg Abbott


Greg Abbott ad: Wendy Davis: Unethical and Unfit for Texas

Greg Abbott ad: Wendy Davis: Just Like Obama

Greg Abbott ad: Who Wants to Be Texas Governor?

Wendy Davis


Wendy Davis ad: Justice

Primary election

Wendy Davis

Ad spending

The Wesleyan Media Project published a report on September 30, 2014, highlighting spending on gubernatorial races from September 12-25. This report found that Democratic and Republican groups spent a total of $46.84 million on TV ads in 15 states with gubernatorial elections. The following chart details the group's findings including spending amounts and number of ads:[23]

Note: A bolded number indicates the highest total for this category. A number in italics is the lowest total for this category.

Spending on TV ads, September 12-25, 2014
State Total # of ads  % Democratic-leaning ads  % GOP-leaning ads Total spending-Democratic leaning (in millions of $) Total spending-GOP leaning (in millions of $)
Colorado 2,460 83.1 16.9 1.35 0.39
Connecticut 2,312 61.7 38.3 1.48 0.89
Florida 20,111 38.5 61.5 4.07 6.64
Georgia 4,625 51.1 48.9 1.43 0.99
Illinois 7,793 63.5 36.5 4.17 3.5
Iowa 2,134 47.5 52.5 0.25 0.38
Kansas 5,024 45.7 54.3 0.85 1.17
Maine 3,281 42.3 57.7 0.46 0.32
Michigan 6,767 33.9 66.1 1.14 2.3
Minnesota 1,974 83.9 16.1 0.65 0.29
New York 4,926 61 39 2.18 0.88
Pennsylvania 3,263 50.9 49.1 1.58 1.23
South Carolina 2,883 39.1 60.9 0.33 0.38
Texas 10,330 33.4 66.6 2.24 2.93
Wisconsin 7,374 63.3 36.7 1.36 1.01
TOTALS 85,257 48.2 51.8 23.54 23.3

Past elections

2010

Governor of Texas, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Perry Incumbent 55% 2,737,481
     Democratic Bill White 42.3% 2,106,395
     Libertarian Kathie Glass 2.2% 109,211
     Green Deb Shafto 0.4% 19,516
     Write-In Andy Barron 0.1% 7,267
Total Votes 4,979,870
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State

2006

Governor of Texas, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.png Rick Perry Incumbent 39% 1,716,792
     Democratic Chris Bell 29.8% 1,310,337
     Libertarian James Werner 0.6% 26,749
     Independent Richard "Kinky" Friedman 12.4% 547,674
     Independent Carole Keeton Strayhorn 18.1% 796,851
     Write-In James "Patriot" Dillon 0% 713
Total Votes 4,399,116
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State

2002

On November 5, 2002, Rick Perry won re-election to the office of Governor of Texas. He defeated Tony Sanchez, Jeff Daiell, Rahul Mahajan, Elaine Eure Henderson and Earl W. (Bill) O'Neil in the general election.

Governor of Texas, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.png Rick Perry Incumbent 57.8% 2,632,591
     Democratic Tony Sanchez 40% 1,819,798
     Libertarian Jeff Daiell 1.5% 66,720
     Green Rahul Mahajan 0.7% 32,187
     Write-In Elaine Eure Henderson 0% 1,715
     Write-In Earl W. (Bill) O'Neil 0% 976
Total Votes 4,553,987
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State

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

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See also

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References

  1. USA Today, "Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he won't run again," July 8, 2013
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
  3. Texas Statutes, "Section 172.086," accessed January 3, 2014
  4. Washington Post, "Wendy Davis announces run for Texas governor," October 3, 2013
  5. Associated Press, "Dad: George P. Bush eyeing Texas land commissioner," November 14, 2012 (dead link)
  6. National Journal, "Report: Abbott to run for Texas governor," January 11, 2013
  7. Houston Chronicle, "AG Abbott formally kicks off gubernatorial bid," July 14, 2013
  8. Statesman, "Year of the Women? Will Greg Abbott face Wendy Davis, Kathie Glass and Debra Medina in 2014?," October 1, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Independent Political Report, "Texas, Wisconsin Libertarian Conventions This Weekend," 4/11/2014
  10. Green Party of Texas, "Press Release: 50 Candidates File to Run as Greens in Texas," December 10, 2013
  11. Star-Telegram, "2014 campaign now off and running in Texas," November 9, 2013
  12. My San Antonio, "Secession succeeds — as a talking point," November 24, 2012
  13. Valley Morning Star, "Miriam Martinez says she’ll run for governor," January 22, 2013
  14. Dallas Morning News, "Tea party activist jumps into GOP contest for governor in Texas," October 8, 2013
  15. Examiner, "Lee Wrights announces for Libertarian governor in Grapevine," October 31, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Libertarian Party of Texas, " 2014 Texas statewide offices," accessed December 10, 2013
  17. The Dallas Morning News, "Former Texas GOP Chairman Tom Pauken to run for governor," March 21, 2013
  18. Dallas Morning News, "Tom Pauken withdraws from GOP governor’s race," December 5, 2013
  19. Dalhart Texan, "Chapman for Governor," July 2013
  20. Very Good Citizenship Today, "Chapman Withdraws from Texas Gubernatorial Race," January 10, 2014
  21. NBC News, "Perry won't seek re-election as TX governor," July 8, 2013
  22. Dallas Morning News, "Debra Media nixes governor run; files for comptroller," November 13, 2013
  23. Wesleyan Media Project, "GOP Groups Keeping Senate Contests Close," September 30, 2014