Texas state executive official elections, 2014

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Seven state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Texas. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

In addition to candidate lists and election results, this page includes information about important dates, how the state's executive branch is organized, as well as links to articles about recent news in races across the state.

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.[1][2]

The following offices were elected in 2014 in Texas:

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held seven of the seven state executive seats in Texas.

Texas State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 4, 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Republican Party 7 7
     Democratic Party 0 0
Total 7 7

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Governor

Texas Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Abbott 91.5% 1,224,014
Lisa Fritsch 4.4% 59,221
Miriam Martinez 2.7% 35,585
SECEDE Kilgore 1.4% 19,055
Total Votes 1,337,875
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.
Texas Gubernatorial Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Davis 78.1% 432,595
Reynaldo "Ray" Madrigal 21.9% 121,419
Total Votes 554,014
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Lieutenant Governor

Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick 41.4% 552,692
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dewhurst Incumbent 28.3% 377,856
Todd Staples 17.8% 236,949
Jerry Patterson 12.5% 166,399
Total Votes 1,333,896
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Runoff

Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick 65% 489,586
David Dewhurst Incumbent 35% 263,194
Total Votes 752,780
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Attorney General

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].

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.

Comptroller

Texas Comptroller Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Hegar 50% 612,269
Harvey Hilderbran 26% 318,899
Debra Medina 19.3% 236,531
Raul Torres 4.6% 56,937
Total Votes 1,224,636
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.


Land Commissioner

Texas Lands Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge P. Bush 73% 937,987
David Watts 27% 346,949
Total Votes 1,284,936
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.


Railroad Commissioner

Texas Railroad Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Christian 42.7% 503,634
Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Sitton 30.5% 360,125
Becky Berger 16.8% 198,672
Malachi Boyuls 10% 117,511
Total Votes 1,179,942
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.
Texas Railroad Commissioner Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Brown 64% 299,009
Dale Henry 36% 168,036
Total Votes 467,045
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Runoff

Texas Railroad Commissioner Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Sitton 57.3% 400,259
Wayne Christian 42.7% 298,659
Total Votes 698,918
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 98 precincts reporting.

Agriculture Commissioner

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSid Miller 34.6% 411,560
Green check mark transparent.pngTommy Merritt 20.9% 249,440
Eric Opiela 17.4% 207,222
Joe Cotton 14.6% 174,348
J. Allen Carnes 12.4% 148,222
Total Votes 1,190,792
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Hogan 38.7% 190,090
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard "Kinky" Friedman 37.7% 185,180
Hugh Asa Fitzsimons, III 23.5% 115,395
Total Votes 490,665
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Runoff

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSid Miller 53.2% 364,756
Tommy Merritt 46.8% 320,835
Total Votes 685,591
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 98 precincts reporting.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Democratic Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Hogan 53.7% 105,887
Richard "Kinky" Friedman 46.3% 91,282
Total Votes 197,169
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 98 precincts reporting.

The general election took place November 4, 2014. ==Governor

Governor of Texas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Abbott 59.2% 2,796,274
     Democratic Wendy Davis 38.8% 1,835,896
     Libertarian Kathie Glass 1.6% 75,488
     Green Brandon Palmer 0.4% 18,490
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 1,060
Total Votes 4,727,208
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Texas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick 58.1% 2,724,493
     Democrat Leticia Van de Putte 38.7% 1,813,974
     Libertarian Robert Butler 2.6% 119,833
     Green Chandrakantha Courtney 0.6% 27,719
Total Votes 4,686,019
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

Attorney General

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.

Comptroller

Texas Comptroller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Hegar 58.4% 2,697,877
     Democrat Mike Collier 37.7% 1,742,119
     Libertarian Ben Sanders 3% 136,869
     Green Deb Shafto 1% 44,981
Total Votes 4,621,846
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

Land Commissioner

Texas Land Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge P. Bush 60.7% 2,826,751
     Democrat John Cook 35.3% 1,645,696
     Libertarian Justin Knight 2.7% 126,406
     Green Valerie Alessi 1.3% 60,112
Total Votes 4,658,965
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

Railroad Commissioner

Texas Railroad Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Sitton 58.3% 2,690,624
     Democrat Steve Brown 36.5% 1,682,644
     Libertarian Mark Miller 3.2% 145,365
     Green Martina Salinas 2% 93,800
Total Votes 4,612,433
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

Agriculture Commissioner

Texas Agriculture Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSid Miller 58.6% 2,698,694
     Democrat Jim Hogan 36.8% 1,697,083
     Libertarian Rocky Palmquist 2.9% 132,511
     Green Kenneth Kendrick 1.7% 77,548
Total Votes 4,605,836
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 82,596,338 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 36.4 percent of the VEP.[10] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[11]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[12]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Indiana (28 percent), Texas (28.5 percent) and Utah (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (59.3 percent), Wisconsin (56.9 percent) and Alaska (55.3 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[13]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes for top office  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,200,000 33.5 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 290,000 55.3 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,550,000 34.4 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 875,000 41.2 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,750,000 31.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,025,000 53.0 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,089,880 42.3 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney general 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 150,000 30.3 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 5,951,561 42.7 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,575,000 38.2 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 366,125 36.2 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 440,000 39.1 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,550,000 39.5 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,350,000 28.0 Secretary of state 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,150,000 50.6 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 875,000 42.8 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,440,000 44.2 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 625,000 59.3 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,750,000 41.9 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,150,000 43.9 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,151,835 42.7 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 2,025,000 51.3 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 650,000 29.7 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,450,000 32.3 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 365,000 46.1 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 550,000 41.3 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 600,000 31.8 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 500,000 48.8 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,825,000 30.4 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 550,000 38.3 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,900,000 28.8 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,900,000 40.7 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 248,670 43.8 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,150,000 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 825,000 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,500,000 52 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,500,000 36.1 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 325,000 41.7 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,246,301 34.8 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 279,412 44.5 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,400,000 29.1 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,750,000 28.5 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 550,000 28.8 Attorney general 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,200,000 36.7 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,050,000 41.6 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 460,000 31.8 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,425,000 56.9 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 38.7 Governor 52,703 33.6
United States 82,596,338 36.4

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on November 19, 2014. The results in this table draw from unofficial results as of November 12, 2014.

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

State executive organization

Executive officials in Pennsylvania are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges.

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