A look back at some of the reports that made headlines from Smart Politics in 2014.
Up to five female major party nominees will be on the ballot this November attempting to win their first gubernatorial election.
Four Republicans have already set state records for low water marks by a sitting GOP U.S. Senator in a primary election – after just eight contests
Prior to Hall’s runoff loss, 256 straight incumbent Republican U.S. House members from the Lone Star State had launched successful renomination campaigns since 1870.
Second-place primary finishers have won 16 of 35 Texas Republican U.S. House runoffs since 1992; Hall might become just the second Texas GOP U.S. Representative to lose his party’s nomination in history.
He may have cruised to a 40-point win, but the two-term Republican incumbent was still less than 10 points from a runoff while recording the worst ever primary performance by a Texas Republican Senator.
If he loses a May runoff, Hall would become only the second of 258 incumbent Republican U.S. House members from the Lone Star State to fail to secure their party’s nomination since statehood.
Michael Grimm. Mark Sanford. Duncan Hunter. Paul Ryan. The 113th Congress is full of U.S. Representatives with television program namesakes.
Only 4 of 31 Texas U.S. Senate candidacies by sitting or ex-U.S. Representatives have been successful in the direct election era.
Only two of 13 GOP 2016 primary polls conducted since April have included the Texas governor’s name.