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 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

Lost primary

Withdrew

Declined


Results

Primary election

Republican primary

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.

Democratic primary

  • Uncontested

Runoff

Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
David Dewhurst Incumbent 34.9% 261,383
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick 65.1% 487,065
Total Votes 748,448
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.


Race background

In a busy election year for Texas which saw Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, step down after fourteen years, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was the only incumbent running for re-election while a number of other Republicans vied for his office, including two incumbents in other statewide executive offices.

Dewhurst was previously considered to be a rising star in the Republican party since the Texas governorship has recently been a platform for Republican presidential candidates. In his 2012 Senate run, however, he lost the Republican primary to Tea Party-affiliated candidate Ted Cruz. After that defeat, Dewhurst was seen as weakened and less conservative than the Republican base in Texas. His high-profile legislative battle with State Senator and Governor candidate Wendy Davis over abortion restrictions failed to reinforce his conservative credentials.

In the primary, Dewhurst came second to State Senator Dan Patrick. After the primary on March 4, Republican lobbyists pressured 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]

In the runoff on May 27, Patrick defeated Dewhurst again, securing the Republican nomination. This result means that Texas will have no incumbent state executive officials remaining in office after the 2014 elections.

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.

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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Texas Tribune, "Dewhurst plans to run for re-election," August 28, 2012
  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. Associated Press, "Dad: George P. Bush eyeing Texas land commissioner," November 14, 2012 (dead link)
  5. Burnt Orange Report, "Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) Considering Run for Lieutenant Governor," September 10, 2013
  6. My San Antonio, "Van de Putte joins 2014 race for lieutenant governor," November 23, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Independent Political Report, "Texas, Wisconsin Libertarian Conventions This Weekend," 4/11/2014
  8. Green Party of Texas, "Press Release: 50 Candidates File to Run as Greens in Texas," December 10, 2013
  9. California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 Texas Tribune, "Libertarian Kathie Glass Announces Bid for Governor," October 2, 2013
  11. Elect Ed Kless, "Upon Further Review...," January 10, 2014
  12. Reporternews.com, "Comptroller Combs will not run for any statewide office in 2014," May 29, 2013 (dead link)
  13. PR.com, "Maria Luisa Alvarado Expected to Announce Her Candidacy for Lt. Governor Monday," October 27, 2013
  14. Texas Tribune, "Lobbyist: Efforts Afoot to Get Candidates to Drop Out," March 10, 2014
  15. The Statesman, "Staples tops money race for lieutenant governor," July 15, 2013
  16. WFAA, "Campaign finance reports show cash on hand for Davis, Patterson," July 15, 2013