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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.

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On Fronteras:
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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:

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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.


  Long-time Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff defeated his challenger by a margin of almost eight percent. Wolff attributes his victory to staying positive.

The long-time incumbent is eager to come back for another term and get to the next phase of county growth. Wolff says that’s what he focused on during his campaign, and it worked.

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Follow this post for updates from the NPR and TPR newsrooms on Election Day and Night.

UPDATE 11:24 PM:

With 90 percent of most Bexar County races in, we take a final look at County Judge, District Attorney, Commissioner's Court Precinct No. 4, and San Antonio City Council District 2.

Bexar County Judge: Nelson Wolff leads with 52.04 percent of the vote and Carlton Soules comes in second with 44.25 percent. Rhett Smith and Paul Pipkin receive about 1-2 percent each.

Beyond Wins And Losses, 5 Things About Election Day In Texas

Nov 4, 2014

Republicans appear poised to maintain their grip on every statewide office in Texas for a 16th straight year, yet Tuesday’s election results will yield information beyond winners and losers.

You thought that "I'm a Voter" app at the top of your Facebook newsfeed was just some cute flair, right?

Well, it actually makes a difference. No, really. Some serious scientists collaborated with Facebook in 2010 and found that the app added 340,000 additional voters that election cycle.

Here's how The New Republic explained the methodology:

Voters across the country are headed to polls this morning. Thirty-six U.S. Senate seats and 36 governor's chairs are in play.

Our friends at It's All Politics have a ton of coverage. We'll leave you with five headlines from across the web that give you a broad overview of what to expect: