Cruz fends off O'Rourke in Texas Senate race

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz fended off a spirited underdog challenge from Democrat Beto O'Rourke to win re-election on Tuesday in a Texas race that once seemed like a cakewalk but needed a late boost from President Donald Trump to help push the incumbent over the top.

Nov. 7, 2018 2:23 AM EST
Win or lose, Cruz and O'Rourke may remain political forces

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke probably have bright political futures, perhaps even plausible White House aspirations, regardless of which one wins their high-profile Texas Senate race.

Nov. 4, 2018 11:29 AM EST
Both sides ignoring swing voters in hot Texas Senate race

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. already visiting the state and the president himself working thousands of supporters into a frenzy at a Houston rally Monday night, Ted Cruz is convening a veritable parade of Republican powerbrokers in the final weeks of the Texas Senate campaign to ensure Democrat Beto O'Rourke doesn't upset him.

Oct. 22, 2018 8:45 PM EDT
Texas' O'Rourke tells national audience he'd impeach Trump

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke told a national television audience Thursday night that he'd vote to impeach President Donald Trump and believes Texas can lead the way to a national embracing of relaxed immigration policies and gun control — unapologetically liberal positions that may be hard for some in his deep-red state to stomach.

Oct. 19, 2018 12:03 AM EDT
Trailing in polls, O'Rourke lays into Cruz in Texas debate

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke abandoned his usual message of unity and optimism and laid into Ted Cruz, hoping to reverse polls that show him fading against the Republican incumbent during the second debate of a Texas Senate race that has become one of the nation's most closely watched.

Oct. 17, 2018 11:53 AM EDT
Texas House race may test educated women's dismay over Trump

HOUSTON (AP) — Lizzie Pannill Fletcher was about to start her senior year of high school when she locked arms with other demonstrators and kept anti-abortion activists from overrunning a Planned Parenthood clinic near the famed Astrodome, where the 1992 Republican National Convention was in full swing.

Oct. 4, 2018 5:49 PM EDT
O'Rourke offers blue vision for red Texas during Nelson show

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rouke rallied thousands with Willie Nelson on Saturday night, offering an openly liberal vision for the country's largest conservative state and vowing that his campaign that has shunned outside political support can topple Republican Ted Cruz in November.

Sep. 30, 2018 12:24 AM EDT
Dems' chances may rest on flipping GOP strongholds in cities

DALLAS (AP) — As Dallas has evolved from reliably red to deeply blue, joining many other big cities, one enclave has remained the beating heart of country club conservatism — home to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, oil tycoon T.

Apr. 23, 2018 7:24 PM EDT
Texas primary turnout buoys Democrats' hopes again

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is the latest place where Democrats are finding optimism for 2018 after kicking off the nation's primary election season with their biggest midterm turnout in more than a quarter-century.

Mar. 7, 2018 7:31 PM EST
Democratic turnout surges in Texas, helping women candidates

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats in deep-red Texas turned out Tuesday in the largest numbers in more than two decades for a midterm primary election, propelling women candidates toward challenges to entrenched male Republicans in Congress and venting their anger at President Donald Trump in the first state primary of 2018.

Mar. 7, 2018 1:41 AM EST
George P Bush seeks re-election as Texas land commissioner

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — George P. Bush on Monday formally announced he is seeking re-election as Texas land commissioner next year, hoping to continue running a little-known but powerful agency in a state where his political-dynasty family has been prominent for decades.

Jun. 19, 2017 10:35 AM EDT
Speculation mounts on race between top 2 Texas Republicans

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick brushed aside speculation of a 2018 gubernatorial run at the end of Texas' last legislative session, insisting he'd never challenge his "close friend" and fellow Republican Greg Abbott.

Dec. 28, 2016 11:59 AM EST
From 'oops' to DOE chief; Rick Perry is pick for Energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — He ran for president twice, but Rick Perry may be best known for two made-for-TV moments: uttering "oops" when he forgot the Energy Department was one of the agencies he pledged to eliminate and being a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars.

Dec. 13, 2016 11:41 AM EST
Texas Republican elector says he won't cast ballot for Trump

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Republican member of the Electoral College from Texas said Monday that he won't cast one of his state's 38 electoral votes for Donald Trump because "I am here to elect a president, not a king.

Dec. 5, 2016 7:10 PM EST
George P. Bush says name isn't liability after Trump's win

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The only member of the Bush family currently holding elected office isn't worried about his political future being threatened by a rejection of dynasty politics that may have helped doom Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Nov. 10, 2016 4:42 PM EST
Texas official uses obscenity for Clinton on Twitter

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller apologized Tuesday after his official Twitter account briefly posted — then deleted — a tweet that used an obscenity to refer to Hillary Clinton.

Nov. 1, 2016 6:52 PM EDT
No injuries after Pence plane slides off runway in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign plane slid off a runway during a rainstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport late Thursday, tearing up concrete before coming to rest on a patch of grass.

Oct. 28, 2016 7:55 AM EDT
Cruz's Trump flip-flop may hurt his popularity back in Texas

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — It's a refrain Ted Cruz has long used, but he's trotting it out more frequently these days — laying on the Texas charm thick for audiences in his home state, where his popularity may suddenly be on the line.

Oct. 28, 2016 1:28 AM EDT
No injuries after Pence plane slides off runway in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign plane slid off a runway during a rainstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport late Thursday, tearing up concrete before coming to rest on a patch of grass.

Oct. 28, 2016 12:17 AM EDT
Cruz throws his support to Trump's campaign at last

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says he's "greatly honored" to receive the endorsement of defeated rival Ted Cruz, not that Cruz is using that word when acknowledging that he will vote for the Republican presidential nominee.

Sep. 24, 2016 4:42 AM EDT
Cruz to vote for Trump, whom he once called 'utterly amoral'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ted Cruz announced Friday he will vote for Donald Trump, a dramatic about-face that may help unite a deeply divided Republican Party months after the fiery Texas conservative called Trump a "pathological liar" and "utterly amoral.

Sep. 23, 2016 6:33 PM EDT
Democrats' best shot in Texas is party-switching judge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The last time a Democrat won statewide office in Texas, Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson were newlyweds and "Friends" would soon make "The Rachel" haircut a thing.

Sep. 13, 2016 8:28 AM EDT