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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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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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A Trickle of Votes for a Water Fund

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

Texas voter turnout is low, but for constitutional amendments like the one next month, turnout is often very, very low. So how do you figure out which poll respondents deserve your attention?

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Clear Demographics, Unclear Politics

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

Sages in both political parties say they are the natural ideological allies of the rising Hispanic population in Texas. But while the demographic trends are undeniable, the political meaning behind them is cloudy.

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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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Education Could Test Both Parties

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

Education could be a tricky issue for gubernatorial candidates in 2014, with both the Democratic and Republican nominee having to navigate through unexpected cross-currents among their own constituencies.

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