2012 elections preview: Texas voters to select winners in congressional, legislative runoffs

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July 30, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The primary season continues tomorrow with runoff elections in Texas.

Here's what to watch for in Texas, where polling places will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Central Time.


U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections in Texas, 2012

A runoff election will be held in both parties tomorrow. In the Democratic runoff, Paul Sadler competes with Grady Yarbrough for the nomination. On the Republican side, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is vying for the nomination with Ted Cruz.

The GOP runoff race is the most expensive congressional race in this election and has attracted a total of $13 million in super PAC campaign spending. Dewhurst has raised a total of nearly $30 million for the runoff, nearly three times that of Cruz. Super PACs backing Cruz have spent $7 million, while super PACs backing Dewhurst have spent $6 million.[1]

U.S. House

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012

There will be a total of 11 runoff elections in the U.S. House tomorrow.

Democratic runoffs will take place in the following districts: 5, 7, 23, 27, 33, and 34.

Republican runoffs will take place in districts 14, 15, 25, 34, and 36.

Democratic Party District 5: Tom Berry faces off against Linda Mrosko in the Democratic runoff.

Democratic Party District 7: James Cargas is running against Lissa Squiers for a chance to face incumbent John Culberson (R) in the general election.

Republican Party District 14: In the GOP runoff, Felicia Harris faces Randy Weber.

Republican Party District 15: Dale Brueggemann and Eddie Zamora compete in the Republican runoff. The winner will face incumbent Ruben Hinojosa (D) in the general election.

Democratic Party District 23: In the Democratic runoff, Pete Gallego competes against Ciro Rodriguez for a chance to unseat incumbent Francisco Canseco (R).

Republican Party District 25: Wes Riddle and Roger Williams vie for the Republican nomination in the runoff.

Democratic Party District 27: Rose Meza Harrison and Jerry Trevino fight in the Democratic runoff for a chance to challenge incumbent Blake Farenthold (R).

Democratic Party District 33: Democrats Domingo Garcia and Marc Veasey face off.

Democratic Party/Republican Party District 34: Denise Saenz Blanchard and Filemon Vela square off in the Democratic runoff. Meanwhile, Jessica Puente Bradshaw faces Adela Garza in the Republican primary runoff.

Republican Party District 36: Steve Stockman and Stephen Takach vie for the Republican nomination in the newly created 36th District.

State Legislative

Texas will hold a total of 18 state legislative primary runoffs on July 31 -- 1 Senate and 17 House with 4 Democratic and 14 Republican runoffs. A total of 5 incumbents will be facing off against their opponents in the primary runoffs.


Republican Party District 25: Incumbent Jeff Wentworth and Donna Campbell


Republican Party District 11: Incumbent Chuck Hopson and Travis Clardy
Republican Party District 12: Tucker Anderson and Kyle J. Kacal
Republican Party District 23: Wayne Faircloth and W.M. Wallace
Republican Party District 24: Greg Bonnen and Ryan Sitton
Republican Party District 26: Jacquie Chaumette and Rick Miller
Democratic Party District 40: Agustin Hernandez, Jr. and Terry Canales
Republican Party District 43: Incumbent J.M. Lozano and Bill T. Willson, II
Republican Party District 59: Incumbent Sid Miller and J.D. Sheffield
Republican Party District 67: Jon Cole and Jeff Leach
Republican Party District 68: Trent McKnight and Drew Springer
Republican Party District 88: Incumbent Jim Landtroop and Ken King
Republican Party District 91: Stephanie Klick and Ken Sapp
Democratic Party District 95: Nicole Collier and Jesse Gaines
Republican Party District 114: Bill Keffer and Jason Villalba
Republican Party District 115: Steve Nguyen and Bennett Ratliff
Democratic Party District 117: Philip Cortez and Tina Torres
Democratic Party District 137: Jamaal R. Smith and Gene Wu

See also

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