Political science fellow Mark P. Jones recently wrote a guest column for The Texas Tribune in which he analyzes current Texas legislative races between Republican candidates who are current or former state legislators.
Jones studied the roll-call voting records of current or former state legislators currently involved in four House and two Senate races along the liberal-conservative scale, and compared their results relative to the rest of the state's GOP legislators. His analysis shows that the current House races display substantial ideological contrasts between the candidates, but the Senate contests involve only modest to nonexistent ideological differences. He notes:
"If the House races are true battles for the ideological soul of the Texas GOP, then the Senate contests are mere skirmishes between competing conservative elites featuring candidates with relatively similar ideological profiles."