Keyword: Republican Party

How much will the GOP gamble on guns?

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

The aura of inevitability around open carry legislation in Texas this year belies the divide among Republicans on the issue.

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Why they fight: The Texas GOP and the looming session

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

Given the relative harmony between mainline and Tea Party Republicans in the Texas electorate, why can't their elected officials in the Legislature seem to get along?

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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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On immigration, polling defies assumptions

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

In Texas, the surprisingly complex patterns of public opinion on immigration call into question the conventional wisdom informing media coverage — and even political strategy.

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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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Dewhurst's Fortunes Track Party Changes

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

David Dewhurst’s predicament — abandoned first by most Republican primary voters and then by one of the bellwethers of the Texas big business establishment — reveals how the Texas GOP has changed since he first became lieutenant governor in 2003.

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Poll Findings vs. Election Results

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

In several races, Tuesday's election results didn't match the findings of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll two weeks earlier. What happened?

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Can Lt. Gov. Candidates Go Too Far on Abortion?

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

The Republican lieutenant governor candidates' views on abortion after rape, displayed prominently in Monday night’s debate, may have edged farther right than the Texas GOP’s comfort zone.

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Cornyn and the Cruz Effect

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

The state's senior U.S. senator, up for re-election in 2014, steers warily around the state's junior U.S. senator, who has been on a roll for the last several months. 

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Will the Tea Party Press John Cornyn?

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

Some in the Tea Party faction of the Texas GOP are encouraging talk of a challenge to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, raising a question: Is he vulnerable to a challenge?

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