Keyword: Greg Abbott

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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Playing the Right Anglos

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

In the short run, the GOP appears to be embarking on a winning strategy to mobilize a reliable and larger electorate using the rhetoric that motivates its voters. 

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What Early Poll Results Tell Us

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

The latest UT/TT Poll showing a single-digit lead for Greg Abbott over Wendy Davis in the gubernatorial race raised some eyebrows. Adding some context to a survey taken more than a year before Election Day helps provide some clarity on the results.

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Deflecting Immigration Questions

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

Uncomfortable questions about in-state tuition might prompt candidates like Greg Abbott to reach into Rick Perry's bag of tricks for an issue that addresses immigration issues without inflaming the wrong voters.

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Inventing Abbott

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

For all the advantages that have lent the feel of an unofficial coronation to his candidacy for governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott remains an undefined figure among many Texas voters, including as many as 40 percent of Republican primary voters. 

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How Holder May Help Abbott in 2014

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

Public opinion on voting rights in Texas neither paints a dour picture for gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott nor presents a clear path forward for Democrats.

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How Abortion Could Shape a 2014 Abbott-Davis Contest

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

The return of abortion bills during the special sessions presents opportunities for both Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis to consolidate support and financial backers. But the choices they make could result in a potentially complicated general election dynamic.

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