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2014 elections preview: Texas to hold congressional primary runoff

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May 26, 2014


By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Four congressional races in Texas require a primary runoff to determine the winner. Here is a preview of what to expect in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time.

U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections in Texas, 2014

There was only a need for a Democratic primary runoff for Texas' U.S. Senate seat, as incumbent John Cornyn easily secured the Republican nomination in the primary.

In the Democratic runoff, David Alameel will face Kesha Rogers. Alameel secured 47% of the vote in the primary, while Rogers took in just 21.6%. This, combined with a large fundraising advantage, indicates that Alameel should have a fairly easy time winning the runoff election.[1][2]

U.S. House

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2014

There are three nominations up for grabs in Texas' congressional runoff. All three primary runoffs taking place for the U.S. House are for the Republican nomination.

Members of the U.S. House from Texas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 12 11
     Republican Party 24 25
Total 36 36

District 4

See also: Texas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2014 and Contested primaries in U.S. Congressional elections, 2014

Incumbent Ralph Hall (R) is the only congressional incumbent in Texas forced to go to a primary runoff election.[3] He faces John Ratcliffe, a legitimate primary threat, in what should be a very close race.

District 23

See also: Texas' 23rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Francisco Canseco and Will Hurd face off in the Republican primary runoff. The primary between the two was very close; Hurd received 41% of the vote to Canseco's 40.3%. The winner of the runoff will face incumbent Pete Gallego (D) in the general election.[3]

District 36

See also: Texas' 36th Congressional District elections, 2014

Brian Babin and Ben Streusand are facing off to fill the open seat left by incumbent Steve Stockman's U.S. Senate run. The winner of the Republican runoff will face Michael Cole (D) in the general election.[3]

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