Texas Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Texas Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
March 4, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Greg Abbott Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rick Perry Republican Party

Texas State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
GovernorLt. GovernorAttorney General
Down Ballot
Comptroller, Land Commissioner, Commissioner of Agriculture, Railroad Commissioner

Current trifecta for Republicans
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State executive offices in Texas
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The Texas gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Rick Perry (R) is eligible for re-election, as Texas has no gubernatorial term limits. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

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]


Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Democratic Party Wendy Davis - State Senator[3]
Republican Party Greg Abbott - Texas Attorney General[4][5][6]Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Kathie Glass - Houston lawyer and 2010 gubernatorial candidate[7][8]
Green Party Brandon Parmer[9]

Lost primary or at convention

Democratic Party Reynaldo "Ray" Madrigal[10]
Republican Party SECEDE Kilgore - Conservative Activist and Telecommunications Worker[11]
Republican Party Miriam Martinez - Media personality, former Texas House candidate.[12]
Republican Party Lisa Fritsch - Author and conservative radio host[13]
Libertarian Party Lee Wrights - Libertarian activist, writer and editor[14][8]
Libertarian Party Robert J. Bell[15][8]
Libertarian Party Star Locke[15][8]


Republican Party Tom Pauken - Former Texas Workforce Commissioner and state Republican Party Chairman[16][17]
Libertarian Party Gene Chapman - Gandhian Minister, Anti-Tax Activist and '08 Presidential Candidate[18][19]
Libertarian Party Robert Lynn Garett[15]

Declined to run

Republican Party Rick Perry - Incumbent[20]
Independent Debra Medina - Tea Party activist[21]

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  1. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
  2. Texas Statutes, "Section 172.086," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. Washington Post, "Wendy Davis announces run for Texas governor," October 3, 2013
  4. Associated Press, "Dad: George P. Bush eyeing Texas land commissioner," November 14, 2012 (dead link)
  5. National Journal, "Report: Abbott to run for Texas governor," January 11, 2013
  6. Houston Chronicle, "AG Abbott formally kicks off gubernatorial bid," July 14, 2013
  7. Statesman, "Year of the Women? Will Greg Abbott face Wendy Davis, Kathie Glass and Debra Medina in 2014?," October 1, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Independent Political Report, "Texas, Wisconsin Libertarian Conventions This Weekend," 4/11/2014
  9. Green Party of Texas, "Press Release: 50 Candidates File to Run as Greens in Texas," December 10, 2013
  10. Star-Telegram, "2014 campaign now off and running in Texas," November 9, 2013
  11. My San Antonio, "Secession succeeds — as a talking point," November 24, 2012
  12. Valley Morning Star, "Miriam Martinez says she’ll run for governor," January 22, 2013
  13. Dallas Morning News, "Tea party activist jumps into GOP contest for governor in Texas," October 8, 2013
  14. Examiner, "Lee Wrights announces for Libertarian governor in Grapevine," October 31, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Libertarian Party of Texas, " 2014 Texas statewide offices," accessed December 10, 2013
  16. The Dallas Morning News, "Former Texas GOP Chairman Tom Pauken to run for governor," March 21, 2013
  17. Dallas Morning News, "Tom Pauken withdraws from GOP governor’s race," December 5, 2013
  18. Dalhart Texan, "Chapman for Governor," July 2013
  19. Very Good Citizenship Today, "Chapman Withdraws from Texas Gubernatorial Race," January 10, 2014
  20. NBC News, "Perry won't seek re-election as TX governor," July 8, 2013
  21. Dallas Morning News, "Debra Media nixes governor run; files for comptroller," November 13, 2013