No other presidential candidate can match Perry’s 14 years and one month in office as governor; Pataki and Huckabee also make the Top 10 for White House hopefuls.
With Cruz’s 2016 candidacy, at least one major party or notable independent Texas candidate has (at least briefly) run for president in 14 of the last 16 election cycles.
The Texan lands in the Top 10 for all-time service among statehood governors and #4 for consecutive service.
Nominees from the nation’s largest third party set records in 10 states last cycle for the largest support ever recorded in a U.S. Senate election.
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.