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2014 Election

Low voter turnout, questions about Latino participation and the power of the primary; it all adds up to another lopsided victory for the Republican Party of Texas. The ugly streak of losses continues for the Democrats. For further analysis of the election returns and what happens next for Texas governance – we turn to Harvey Kronberg – editor of the Quorum Report.

David Martin Davies / TPR News

On Fronteras:
-- There was a lot of expectation and many predictions about the so-called “Latino vote” in the 2014 elections. We get a full recap from the polling and research firm, Latino Decisions.
-- Federal officials say the sickest five percent of Americans rack up more than half of all health care costs. We report on a program in San Diego that’s reducing emergency room visits and improving people’s health.
-- Rattlesnakes are just a part of life in West Texas. Most people try to steer clear of them. We meet a Fort Davis man with a love for snakes, who says they’re just misunderstood.

Speaking one day after his party lost control of the Senate to the Republican Party, President Obama says, "I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell."

We'll update this post with news from the president's remarks, made in an hourlong news conference in the East Room of the White House on the afternoon after Election Day.

The big headline from last night's midterm elections is that Republicans walloped the Democrats, cashing in on enormous discontent about the state of the country to pick up seven Senate seats and wrest control of the chamber.

That, of course, sets up divided government for the next two years: a Democratic president and a GOP-controlled legislature.

Here are six tidbits that tell the story:

Ryan E. Poppe

Republican Greg Abbott has traded in his title as attorney general, for one that says governor-elect. He’s bringing his negotiating skills to the job though, as Abbott has pledged to work with Democrats over the next four years.

Greg Abbott began his political career in 1996, when he was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by then Governor George W. Bush. In 2002, he succeeded John Cornyn as the state’s attorney general, a position he has held since. But now, Abbott starts a new political adventure as the 48th governor of Texas.