The Week in the Rearview Mirror

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday explained his decision to wait until this week to endorse his former solicitor general, Ted Cruz, for president. Abbott said he waited until the week before the Texas primary because he wanted to maximize his impact on the volatile presidential race.

The University of Texas at Austin's longtime architecture Dean Fritz Steiner announced on Thursday he is leaving, saying the state's new campus carry law played a major role in pushing him out. 

Almost half of the state’s voters support banning non-U.S. Muslims from entering the country, and more than half support immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants now living the U.S., according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Texas voters overwhelmingly support mental and criminal background checks on all gun purchases in the U.S. — including gun shows and private sales, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Lawyers representing Taya Kyle, the widow of famous Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, sent a cease-and-desist letter Wednesday to Texas House candidate Bo French demanding that he stop using her late husband’s name and likeness in campaign materials.

The state’s highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday morning, apparently ending the case that started with his threat to veto state funding for the public integrity unit of the Travis County District attorney's office if DA Rosemary Lehmberg refused to quit. Lehmberg was arrested and pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated causing Perry to call for her resignation.

As Texas primary races head into the final stretch, the latest campaign finance reports show House Speaker Joe Straus and a handful of his allies are spending big to fight off their Tea Party-backed challengers. Straus himself is among the biggest spenders in Texas ahead of the March 1 primary.

U.S Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday night trailed Marco Rubio to come in third in the Nevada caucuses, his second straight finish behind his Senate colleague as they vie to be the chief alternative to billionaire Donald Trump. Cruz walked away from the contest with six delegates, compared to seven for Rubio and 14 for Trump.

With a week remaining before the Texas Republican primary, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz leads the presidential pack with 37 percent of the vote, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. In the survey, he was eight points up on Donald Trump and 22 points on Marco Rubio.

Hillary Clinton’s lead over Bernie Sanders has narrowed considerably in Texas but remains in the double digits among the state’s likely Democratic primary voters, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Bill Clinton's campaign swing, preceded by a Hillary Clinton rally Saturday night in Houston, demonstrates the Clinton campaign's focus on minority outreach.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a native Texan, suspended his presidential campaign after a disappointing finish behind the top three contenders in the GOP South Carolina primary.

Following Jeb Bush's suspension of his presidential campaign, a super PAC supporting him canceled its entire media campaign in Texas. With a week to go before the March 1 primary, no other campaign or group is expected to fill the advertising vacuum.

Battling the perception he is running a dishonest campaign, Ted Cruz on Monday asked for the resignation of Rick Tyler, his top spokesman, for what Cruz called a "grave error of judgment."

Of the 251 men and women on Texas death row, 12 committed their crimes while in the country illegally, according to an analysis of data obtained by The Texas Tribune.

The Texas Supreme Court has handed a victory to farmers, ranchers and other longstanding water rights holders by declining to take up a Brazos River case with widespread implications for future water battles in drought-prone Texas.

Houston took center stage in the GOP presidential race as a trio of contenders — Ted CruzMarco Rubio and Ben Carson — were on hand for events on Wednesday, a day ahead of a candidate debate on the University of Houston campus, the final such encounter before next week's Super Tuesday nominating contests.

Despite taking all the right positions and drawing the right endorsements, Ted Cruz has struggled to shore up the support of South Carolina's evangelical voters as strongly as many of his supporters had expected he would. Cruz is hoping the influential voting bloc will propel him to victory across the South.

A high-ranking official at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is resigning after he co-authored an unflattering study that found the state’s exclusion of Planned Parenthood from a family planning program restricted women’s access to health care.

Ted Cruz's presidential campaign abruptly stopped selling work from artist Sabo, who has a history of making controversial, and at times racist, statements online. 

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