2012 elections review: Several incumbents toppled in Texas primaries

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May 30, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

Besides picking presidential nominations, Texas voters selected primary winners in congressional and state legislative primaries. Here's a recap of what happened.

Contested Primaries in Texas -- May 29, 2012
U.S. House
(36 seats)
State Legislature
(181 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 16 (44.44%) 20 (11%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 24 (66.67%) 68 (37.6%)

Congress

U.S. Senate

United States Senate elections in Texas, 2012

In the race for the open U.S. Senate seat, both the Democratic and Republican primaries must be decided by a primary runoff election. In the Democratic primary Paul Sadler and Grady Yarbrough will advance to the runoff. Ted Cruz and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst will advance to the Republican primary runoff election.

U.S. House

United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012

Texas' congressional races saw few surprises, as most incumbents won their primary battles handily. However, one incumbent did lose his primary battle in the U.S. House.

Incumbent Silvestre Reyes was defeated by Beto O'Rourke in District 16. O'Rourke just barely acquired the 50% of the vote required to avoid a primary runoff, while incumbent Reyes received roughly 44% of votes. Reyes was one of two Democratic incumbents who had been targeted by the Super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability. The other was District 30 incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson, who easily won her primary.[1]

Primary runoffs will be needed to decide the nominee in many of the primaries contests featuring more than two candidates. Eleven primary races have resulted in the need for a runoff election, 6 Democratic and 5 Republican races.


Members of the U.S. House from Texas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 9 12
     Republican Party 23 24
Total 32 36

State legislature

Six Senate incumbents faced a primary challenge. All Six successfully dispatched their primary opponent.

In the House, 45 incumbents faced a primary challenge. Seven incumbents were defeated in Tuesday's primary.

In addition, many of the races in which there were more than two candidates will result in a July 31 primary runoff election:[2]

Senate

Republican Party District 25: Incumbent Jeff Wentworth and Donna Campbell

House

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 89: Incumbent Jim Landtroop and Ken King
Republican Party District 91: Stephanie Klick and Ken Sapp
Democratic Party District 95: Nicole Collier and Dulani Masimini
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: Joseph Carlos Madden and Gene Wu


Texas State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 12 12
     Republican Party 19 19
Total 31 31


Texas House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 48 55
     Republican Party 100 95
     Vacancy 2 0
Total 150 150


See also

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