Keyword: Greg Abbott

Reminded to be Afraid: Anxiety and Advertisements in the 2014 Texas Gubernatorial Election

| By: Bethany Albertson and Joshua Blank, PhD

By looking at the emotional dynamics underlying the Abbott and Davis campaigns' advertisements, one can get a clearer sense of how each really views the 2014 Texas Governor's race.

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CBS News/NYT The Upshot/YouGov Battleground Tracker Shows Abbott Leading Davis 54%-36%

Abbott may benefit from turn away from issues

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD and Jim Henson, PhD

Greg Abbott has always been more comfortable making this campaign about Wendy Davis than about the issues that Davis wants to discuss. The timing of Davis’ book release may have inadvertently helped him do just that.

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Texas Democrats' unspoken predicament

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

The loud and public back-and-forth among Texas Republicans this year has given them something Democrats are sorely lacking: an honest conversation about their party's future.

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The Texas GOP's Commitment Problem

| By: Jim Hensons and Joshua Blank, PhD

The problems facing the Republican Party on issues like gay marriage aren't unique to Texas, but they're particularly pronounced here. Polling data and the party's long run of success in Texas explain why.

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Why your candidate is corrupt and mine isn't

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

Partisan charges of political corruption have flared around the edges of the 2014 Texas elections, yet they haven’t become the focus of media coverage in the marquee races or fundamentally changed their dynamics or our expectations of the outcomes in November.

Why is it that intimations of corruption and political malfeasance stay in our peripheral vision while rarely coming into the kind of Sharpstown-like spotlight that defines an election?

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The Sound of Silence on Abortion

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

Both Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott have been reluctant to make abortion a major campaign issue, but as polling shows, Abbott's hesitance likely benefits him more than Davis' benefits her.

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Is Easy Resolution on In-State Tuition a GOP Dream?

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

As Rick Perry hedges that he could yet again seek a presidential nomination, and the issue of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants continues to arise in GOP primary races, polling results help illustrate the challenges the issue poses for candidates. 

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Threading the Needle on Education

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

Education policy is usually a winner for Democratic candidates, but in Texas, things are more nuanced, especially when it comes to education spending. This year's race for governor race is a great example. 

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Strong Undercurrents Still Define Abbott-Davis Race

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

Reporting of this week’s UT/TT Poll can’t help but present a simple story: Davis is down, Abbott is up. But these latest results reflect factors that are much more deeply rooted than the low-hanging fruit making headlines and feeding campaign emails. 

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