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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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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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Privacy, Partisans and Paranoid Style

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

Everybody is nervous about privacy, and most voters don't have a high level of confidence in many public and private institutions. But their level of trust has a lot to do with their political alignment, too.

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Major Issues, Poison Pills

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

Democratic and Republican voters favor many provisions of proposed immigration law reforms and of the Affordable Care Act. But the rhetorical emphasis on unpopular provisions of those policies has made them nonstarters with those same voters.

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GOP Candidates, Voters and Creationism

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

If you want to know why Republican candidates for lieutenant governor favor teaching creationism in schools, just look at conservative voters' views on the subject.

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GOP Candidates Bet on Border Security

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

Republican candidates in Texas have figured out how to talk about immigration without stepping on political land mines: They talk about border security instead.

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Women Through the Looking Glass

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

As a group, women have neither followed the March Hare to the Tea Party nor signed up for Wendy Davis’ trip to Wonderland, leaving the campaigns to ponder their place on the electoral chessboard.

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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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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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In Vote, Opposition Isn't Overflowing

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

Political chatter about a grassroots uprising against the water funding measure on the November ballot appears to be overblown. Polling indicates a fair amount of Tea Party support for that constitutional amendment.

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