What you can expect from our elections coverage

Power. Races for seats that wield a disproportionate amount of influence over policy decisions will receive more coverage and attention. For example, we closely covered Democrat MJ Hegar’s challenge to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in 2020 because of the tremendous power wielded by the U.S. Senate and because the seat represents all 30 million Texans.
Equity. We scrutinize contests and districts in which the outcome of a race will have a disproportionate effect on the interests and participation of communities that have had less political voice. That includes communities of color, rural communities and low-income communities.
Interest. We focus on what our readers are curious about. Is a race or a candidate catching on for something that is grabbing the attention of the public because it is an oddity or an outlier, or because it is emblematic of a greater theme? This one is squishy and it shouldn’t be construed as clickbait. Just because people are tweeting about it does not mean we have to write about it.
Competitiveness. Generally, races in which the results are not a foregone conclusion will receive more coverage and attention. In our reporting, we seek to explain why a race is (or isn’t) competitive. Decades of gerrymandering have increasingly created “safe” districts — some of which are so politically one-sided that no one runs against the incumbent. We look at how voters have historically voted, polling, changes to demographics, political trends and the amount of money being spent by the candidates.


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