YCT Releases 2014 Primary Straw Poll Analysis

Nov 25, 2013 No Comments ›› YCT State Board


November 25, 2013

Contact: Jenna White, Executive Director
Mobile: (281) 460-8545
Email: [email protected]

Austin, Texas – Today, Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) released in-depth results of their 2014 Statewide Grassroots Straw Poll.

A total of 5,568 online ballots were cast, making the YCT straw poll the largest held so far in the 2014 Texas election cycle. When narrowed down to just votes cast within Texas, that number goes down to 4,275.

“The grassroots can help their favorite conservative candidates gain much needed momentum by participating in straw polls,” said YCT State Chairman, Jeff Morris. “Straw polls help paint a picture of how the electorate is feels in a particular race and give candidates credibility when fundraising and requesting speaking engagements.”

Unlike many online straw polls, the YCT straw poll allowed only one vote per IP address to decrease duplicate voting. Additionally, names on the ballot were randomized and voters were given the option of ‘No Preference’ when casting their ballots.

“I am glad we conducted our straw poll with a ‘No Preference’ option,” said YCT Executive Director, Jenna White. “If you look at the down ballot races, with the exception of Land Commissioner – which has a Bush on the ballot – most people at this point have no idea who they are going to support for these positions.”

“It was an honor to see candidates running for office at all levels pushing this straw poll on social media and through email,” continued State Chairman, Jeff Morris. “I think the only problem we ran into with the poll was a lack of compatibility on mobile. In the future, we will make sure the app we use for the straw poll can be accessed by cell phones.”

Please continue reading below for in-depth analysis on each race.


YCT Endorses Sid Miller for Agriculture Commissioner

Nov 11, 2013 1 Comment ›› YCT State Board


November 11, 2013

Contact: Jenna White, Executive Director
Mobile: (281) 460-8545
Email: [email protected]

Austin, TX — Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) today announced its endorsement of former State Representative Sid Miller for Agriculture Commissioner.

“During his six legislative sessions in Austin, Rep. Miller was a champion of the conservative movement,” said YCT State Chairman Jeff Morris. “We are honored to endorse him in his bid to become Texas’s next Agriculture Commissioner.”

When he was elected in 2000, Rep. Miller was the only Republican in Texas to defeat an incumbent Democrat. Known as a pro-life advocate and a staunch defender of free enterprise, Rep. Miller authored and passed effective conservative legislation throughout his time in the House. Rep. Miller is a rancher and nurseryman in Stephenville, Texas.

“Rep. Miller is the clear choice to succeed Commissioner Staples at the Agriculture Commission,” said YCT Executive Director Jenna White. “As our state continues to expand and develop, having a conservative and experienced Commissioner will become ever more important.”

“As Texas continues to serve as a magnet for job creation and innovation, the next Commissioner of Agriculture will have to be well-prepared to tackle issues such as border security and water,” Morris added. “Rep. Miller is the only candidate in the race that is qualified to handle these issues in the most effective and principled way.”

Young Conservatives of Texas is a non-partisan organization that has promoted conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The State’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 20 legislative sessions. For more information about YCT, please visit 


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